Aviation

Commentary
6:52 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Spectacle and Heroism - the Colorful History of the Air Show

Archival image of early airshow act, A Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny".
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.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:28 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Ownership of Hawthorn Hill Transferred to Dayton History

Hawthorn Hill
Credit courtesy of Dayton History

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.

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Commentary
7:30 am
Wed June 5, 2013

A Local Paratroop's D-Day Story

The Normandy coast
Dan Patterson

Tomorrow is the 6th of June. Sixty-nine years ago, the allied forces at war with Hitler’s Germany invaded northern France in what will always be known as D-Day. On that morning in 1944, when Ohioans woke up, the battle in Europe had already been going on for hours. The airborne troops were the first ones to enter the conflict. One local paratroop veteran of that battled died recently, but told his story to our aviation commentator Dan Patterson.

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Commentary
6:39 am
Thu May 16, 2013

The Memphis Belle and the Aerial War

Flying into the sunset in the B-17 that portrayed the Memphis Belle in the 1990 film.
Dan Patterson

Seventy years ago this week American aviators were at war in Europe. In airplanes known as the B-17 Flying Fortress they were flying bombing missions over Germany. One of those planes, nicknamed “The Memphis Belle” flew its 25th combat mission on May 17th, 1943, and then came home to the US with its crew. One of the Memphis Belle’s first stops was Wright Field in Dayton, where today she’s being restored at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

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Commentary
7:51 am
Tue April 30, 2013

The Relationship Between Flight and Time

The Wright Brothers' first instrument panel, the wind gauge (anemometer, stopwatch, engine revolutions meter)
Dan Patterson

Aviation commentator Dan Patterson has a different kind of story this week, not about a famous date in history - but instead about the connection between flight and time. You can always spot a pilot, he says,  by his or her outsized wristwatch. It's a relationship that goes back to the earliest flights.

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