The shadow of a B-24 Liberator in flight. These bombers were used by the U.S. Army Air Force in WWII
Credit Dan Patterson
Seventy years ago, World War 2 was in full cry. American was in combat across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In Europe, during 1943, the US Army Air Force was engaged against Hitler's Germany. The fall was a crucial time for battle, and October was a cruel month.
Defeating an enemy only with air power was experimental back then. The American plan was this: equip large bomber with heavy machine guns, fly them in a tight formation with hundreds of identical planes and no long range fighters as escorts. Could it work?
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.
Wilbur Wright wearing his leather jacket as he prepares to fly in Pau, France.
If you're going to fly an airplane, you've got to have the right look. An aviator's kit is not complete without the real deal flight jacket - plus the big watch, sunglasses, checklist charts and navigational equipment. Aviation commentator Dan Patterson explains.
Flying the very early airplanes was a breezy affair. The Wright brothers' aeroplanes offered no protection from the wind. Their flying machines were wide open, and they sat on the edge of the lower wing, facing the wind.
Archival image of early airshow act, A Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny".
Credit courtesy of Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA, USA
Earlier this summer, a pilot named Charlie Schwenker and a wing-walker named Jane Wicker were killed at the Vectren Air Show in Dayton, a tragedy in the midst of an event laden with history. Air Shows as public events began more than 100 years ago. WYSO's aviation commentator Dan Patterson loves that colorful history full of spectacle and heroism.
On Thursday, the Dayton Foundation and the Wright Family Foundation announced that ownership of Hawthorn Hill is transferring to Dayton History.
Hawthorn Hill was designed by the Wright Brothers, but Wilbur Wright died before construction began. After Orville Wright's death in 1948, the site was purchased by the NCR Corporation who later donated it to the Wright Family Foundation.