Aviation

Presidential Aviating

Jan 21, 2013

Presidents and flight had a quiet start in the summer of 1909, when Orville returned to Ft. Myer to complete the Army trials that ended abruptly with his crash in September of the previous year.  The Army allowed the Wrights to return as they had already more than fulfilled the contract.  This time there were many observers, including fellow Ohioan President Williams Howard Taft.  A tent was set up, and he sat with the Wrights' sister Katharine.

A Medal of Honor winner and the chief instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen are among four people being inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Ohio.

Next year's inductees were announced Monday. They include U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, who received the prestigious military award and developed techniques for helicopter air ambulance rescue in combat.

Also honored is the late Charles Alfred Anderson, who helped develop a civilian pilot training program for blacks and was chief instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military pilots.

courtesy of Wright State University Archives and Special Collections

Today is perhaps the most important date in aviation history.  It was 10:35 in the morning on December 17, 1903, when Orville Wright flew a powered aircraft  on the sands near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  It was a short  flight - with huge consequences. Dayton aviation historian and photographer Dan Patterson knows the story well.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for November 25, 2012 including the following stories:

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Angie Hoschouer, program director for Goodwill Easter Seals' Radio Reading Services about the broadcasts they provide for the Miami Valley

-Dan Patterson tells the story of the Creation of the Wright Company.

- Conrad's Corner: an Interview with Eric Blanchard

The National Air & Space Museum

Last year, Governor Kasich proclaimed October fifth Wright Brothers Day in Ohio. On that day, in 1905, Wilbur Wright flew the Wright Flyer for nearly 40 minutes at Huffman Prairie. It was proof that flight was practical.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for September 23, 2012 including the following stories:

- The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show, by Community Voices producer Kristen Wicker

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Johnathan McNeal of the Neon Movies in Dayton about the upcoming LGBT Film Festival

- New Ohio Guide: Oak Openings, by Greg Tye

In the summer of 1908, Wilbur Wright astonished the world, demonstrating the Wright Flyer in France.  No one had ever flown as long and with such control.  The world took notice.

Back here in the states, that same summer, Orville Wright was making demonstration flights, too, for the US Army's Signal Corps, trying to get a contract to sell planes to the US government.  Dayton aviation historian and photographer Dan Patterson tells the story.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for September 2, 2012 including the following stories:

- PTSD in Partners of Sex Addicts, by Community Voices producer Judy Whelley

- Remembering Neil Armstrong, by aviation commentator Dan Patterson

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Michael Roediger, executive director of the Dayton Art Institute about the late Dr. Benjamin Schuster.

Dan Patterson

Today, a private funeral service will be held in Cincinnati for Neil Armstrong. Local aviation photographer Dan Patterson has this remembrance of the first man to walk on the moon.

Neil had a knack for understatement.  At a meeting in 2003 about the Centennial of the Wright's first flight, the other participants introduced themselves with all their titles and bona fides.  When it was his turn, he leaned into the microphone and said, "I'm Neil Armstrong, and I'm just an aviator."

Neil Armstrong is being remembered as a national hero, and another Ohioan who was an aviation pioneer. WYSO's Emily McCord reports, that even though he made history, he is also being remembered as a humble man.

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