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.
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.
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.