Media advisory: Montgomery AL to dedicate Wright Brothers Park

In NAHA News Release /

PO Box 414, Wright Brothers Station
Dayton, OH 45409
Phone: (937) 443-0165
Email: info@aviationheritagearea.org

June 28, 2013

Contact:
Timothy R. Gaffney
Director of Communications
trg@aviationheritagearea.org
(937) 219-8277 (mobile)

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EDITORS: For more information, photos and interviews, contact:
Melanie Golson
Development Outreach Coordinator
City of Montgomery AL
(334) 625-3737 mgolson@montgomeryal.gov

Media advisory: Montgomery AL to dedicate Wright Brothers Park

Montgomery, Ala.—Air Force and city officials will dedicate the new Wright Brothers Park on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright brothers, will join Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Lt. Gen. David Fadok, commander of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. The park commemorates Montgomery as the birthplace of civil aviation and the Wright Brothers’ flight school located here. The park’s aviation centerpiece is a full-size steel replica of the Wright Flyer prominintly displayed near a major thoroughfare.

Wilbur and Orville Wright lived in Dayton, Ohio, and invented the airplane in their West Third Street bicycle shop. They formed the Wright Company in 1909 and erected America’s first purpose-built airplane factory on West Third Street in 1910. Orville opened the company’s first flight school in Montgomery in the winter of 1910 to train the first Wright Company exhibition pilots. The company later trained pilots on the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, now a part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and a unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

OHIO MEDIA EDITORS:

Here are wire service and broadcast affiliate contacts in the Montgomery area where you can request news feeds:

CBS, ABC, CW affiliates—Maria Mojica, assignments editor, Alabama News Network: mmojica@waka.com (334) 270-9252.

NBC affiliate—Vince Hodges, WSFA: vhodges@wsfa.com (334) 284-5276.

Public radio stations—Alabama Public Radio, news director: (334) 354-6313

Print media: Watch for Associated Press to move local Montgomery news stories on the Ohio wire. To request a story, contact your regional Ohio AP bureau.

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