Want to see where America’s aviation industry began? The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) will hold its monthly public tour of the Wright brothers’ factory for 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.
The Wright brothers formed the Wright Company in 1909 and built America’s first airplane factory in 1910, adding a second building in 1911. The buildings later became part of the Delphi Home Avenue auto parts manufacturing plant. The plant closed in 2008 and is now owned by a redevelopment company.
Congress authorized the National Park Service to restore the factory as a unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park but has not provided funding to acquire or restore it. NAHA’s vision is for the Wright factory to be restored as a national park unit and for other parts of the site to be redeveloped as an aerospace education, research and manufacturing hub.
With the cooperation of the property owner, Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, NAHA is opening the site on the third Thursday of each month for a free public tour to raise awareness of the factory and build community support for its restoration. This site is not restored, so visitors will be asked to sign a hold-harmless agreement. Closed-toe shoes are required, and no restroom facilities are available.
The factory entrance is off West Third Street just east of Abbey Avenue. The gate has no specific address, but GPS users will find it by navigating to 2900 W. Third St.
2900 W. Third St., Dayton OH 45417