Ohio pushed to take up Wright Brothers defense

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A state lawmaker for the second time will call for Ohio to declare the Wright brothers “first in flight” after a resolution he touted last year to do just that failed to reach the floor of the Legislature for a final vote.

State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, said he’ll push early this year for a declaration that Dayton brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright were the first to fly a plane when they took off in the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Dec. 17, 1903.

In October 2013, Perales stood in front of a look-alike Wright “B” Flyer inside a Dayton-Wright-Brothers Airport hangar in Miami Twp. and took up rhetorical arms in the debate over who was first-in-flight. The Connecticut legislature had just passed a resolution honoring Gustave Whitehead, an aviation pioneer who some give credit for conducting the first powered flight tests in Connecticut in 1901.

“It’s wrong for one state to distort history,” Perales said then. “I believe it’s just as wrong for other states to accept it in silence. Wilbur and Orville were Ohioans, and Ohio needs to stand by them and speak up for them.”

Read the story in the Dayton Daily News.