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7:35 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Congressman Turner: Fund Wrights' Factory As Park

A Wright Model B taking shape in the Assembly Room of the Wright Company.
Credit courtesy of wright-brothers.org

Republican congressman Mike Turner is advocating for national parks funding to purchase the Wright Brother’s original manufacturing facilities in Ohio, as debate intensifies over rights to the first-in-flight title.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner will be in Dayton today alongside Amanda Wright Lane of the Wright Family Foundation to discuss efforts to purchase the Wright Company Factory buildings and include them in Dayton's aviation history park.

The buildings are the first U.S. facilities specifically designed and built to manufacture airplanes.

Ohio and North Carolina have long sparred over which can claim first-in-flight honors as the respective locations of the Wrights' birth and first flight.

This summer, Connecticut passed a law declaring German-born aviator and Bridgeport, Conn., resident Gustave Whitehead as the first to make a powered flight.