Great grand-niece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Amanda Wright-Lane, will present “Just Brothers” at the WACO Air Museum on Thursday, Feb. 15, as part of its ongoing Aviation Lecture Series. She will speak to the ordinary, yet extraordinary, relationship these two Midwest brothers had that led to the invention of the airplane.
Lane, of Columbus, is a trustee and spokeswoman for the Wright Brothers Family Foundation, a charitable fund of the Dayton Foundation. She consults with researchers and academics who are working to preserve the legacy of the Wright Brothers, gives lectures on her family’s history and works with community leaders in North Carolina and Ohio to raise awareness of the Wright Brothers’ activities in Dayton and at Kitty Hawk.
The Wright Family Foundation supports the preservation of aviation history related to the lives of the Wright Brothers. Since its inception in 1990, it has donated approximately $2 million to aviation related organizations in the US and abroad.
Lane serves on the boards of the nonprofit National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA), Wright Image Group, Wright B Flyer, Inc. and the First Flight Foundation in North Carolina. Additionally, she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the advisory council of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. She also serves on the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council, helping to plan for the state’s role in expanding aviation/aerospace activity within Ohio.
She has received several awards, including the title of one of Dayton Ohio’s Top Ten Women in the year 2005 and NAHA’s 2008 Ivonette Wright Miller Award for volunteerism in the field of aviation/aerospace. In 2017, the greater Dayton YWCA recognized her as a “Woman of Influence” for her work as an international aviation and aerospace ambassador. She also received the Public Service Award given by The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for “outstanding contributions to the aeronautics industry on national and international levels, and for dedicated efforts to preserve aviation history through education and outreach.”
Parking and admission are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the lecture beginning at 7 p.m. The lecture is scheduled to last one hour, with a time for questions to follow. It will take place in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 South County Road 25A in Troy. For more information, visit www.wacoairmuseum.org or call 937-335-9226.