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Flying High: Preserving a Piece of Dayton History

Photo courtesy of xrez.com When Orville and Wilbur Wright began constructing the first of their two airplane manufacturing hangars in 1910, the property they found just 2.5 miles west of downtown Dayton, Ohio was nothing more than a farmer’s field.   In fact, the National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA) – a local organization charged with preserving the aviation heritage of the region – proudly displays in its restored historic offices next-door to the Wright bicycle shop: An early photograph of America’s first airplane manufacturing facility standing amidst a field of recently-harvested corn with a lone horse looking on from beyond.   Purchased in August 1910 for $4,950, the 2.5-acre farm field would become home to The Wright Company, where the brothers researched and designed 13 different airplane models and eventually constructed about 120 planes. Fast-forward 103 years and today you’ll find the original hangars tucked in among more than 1.2…Log In to Read Full Article

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