Have you ever wanted to visit America’s first purpose-built airplane factory? The place where Wilbur and Orville Wright launched the U.S. aviation industry? Come to the Wright Company factory site at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, for a free tour.
The factory isn’t renovated or open to the public, but NAHA is conducting monthly tours by popular request with the consent of the property owner, Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC.
The buildings were last used as part of the massive Delphi Home Avenue auto parts manufacturing plant. In 2009, Congress added the historic buildings and several attached structures to the boundary of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, but funding to acquire and restore the buildings has not followed.
NAHA is working the the national park, the property owner, the city of Dayton, the state of Ohio and others to save and restore the site for historical interpretation and economic development. NAHA’s vision is for the original buildings to be a National Park unit with the other buildings and surrounding property supporting complementary activities, including aerospace businesses.
Entrance to the site is on the south side of West Third Street just east of Abbey Avenue. The site entrance does not have a specific address, but those using GPS or Internet maps will get close by entering 2900 W. Third.
The tour is free and reservations are not required, but visitors must wear closed-toe shoes and will be required to sign a hold-harmless agreement.
2900 W. Third St., Dayton OH 45417