Aviation

Dayton History
6:40 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Why Did Dayton Produce So Many Inventors And Inventions? WYSO Curious Pops Open An Answer

An old NCR cash register on display at Dayton History
Lewis Wallace WYSO

John Patterson, Edward Deeds, and Wilbur and Orville Wright are just a few of the big names from a time when Dayton was a hotbed of innovation and invention. These famous names prompted a question from WYSO listener Susan Thornton:

“Why did Dayton produce so many inventors—for example, Charles Kettering, the Wright Brothers, the pop top can inventor?”

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ushering In Modern Warfare With The Air War

Archival photo of the very slow Caudron observation aircraft that became a bomber.
Dan Patterson Archival Collection

A hundred years ago, the world was racing headlong into war in Europe. Aviation was a new and untried tool for military leaders, and it soon became a powerful weapon.  In July of 1914, it had only been 10 years since the Wright brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk, and and aviation was flourishing around the world.

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The Economy & Business
1:33 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Businesses Hope Springfield Air Show Will Give A Boost To Struggling Airpark

A plane prepares for takeoff at the Barnstorming Carnival in Springfield.
Credit Barb Slone

Two Clark County businesses located at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport received a boost from the recent Barnstorming Carnival, an air show that was held on the site last weekend. Both companies hope the event generated more support for the airport.

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Around the Miami Valley
7:20 am
Fri July 18, 2014

First-Ever Barnstorming Carnival Coming to Springfield Airport

Aviation enthusiasts in the Clark County area will get to have an air show of their own this weekend. The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport and Airpark will be the site for the first-ever Barnstorming Carnival in the area.

Pilots from all over the country will fly their vintage planes mostly from the 1920s and 1930s to Springfield. Dewey Davenport organized the event. He says Barnstorming refers to that era when pilots would go from town to town, usually landing on a farm and then offer rides to people for money.

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Commentary
6:15 am
Fri April 18, 2014

An Airplane Off the Shelf

An advertisement for the 1949 Ercoupe.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Ever since the Wright brothers began selling airplanes, there’s always been a mystique about the airplane owner. Not everyone can or will buy one. Seventy years ago, one man tried to make buying an airplane as easy as buying a shirt.

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