Dayton Air Show

Aviation
8:24 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New Wright "B" Flyer To Be Built At Wright Factory

The Wright biplane, piloted by Orville Wright, has just taken off from a monorail launching strip on a field at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on 17 December 1903.
Credit Photo of NAHA display

The factory where the Wright Brothers built their original plane will produce another airplane soon - a new replica of the Wright-B Flyer is scheduled to take flight in 2016.

The announcement came from Jay Jabour—president of Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. standing just outside the Wright Company factory in Dayton.

Jabour told the attending press, “The opportunity to build a look-a-like of the 1911 airplane in the original 1911 factory is really exciting.”

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Can The Dayton Airport Be A Hub For Development? WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Janet Bednarek

An airplane at the Vectren Dayton Airshow, a yearly event at the Dayton Airport.
Credit eawortman / Flickr/Creative Commons

Janet Bednarek, a professor of history at the University of Dayton, specializes in airports—and in the idea of the airport as a hub for economic growth. She thinks airports bring a lot of potential, but there are also limitations; ultimately, she says, corporations decide where they want to go, and an “if you build it, they will come” approach can backfire.

“Dayton has always tried to capitalize on the fact that we’re at the intersection of two major interstates,” says Bednarek. “It just seems like the ability to capitalize on that hasn’t seemed to happen yet.”

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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
7:35 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Ohio State Highway Patrol Release Report on Air Show Crash

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol - pilot error was the cause of a crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show last month.  Killed in the June 22nd accident were the plane’s owner, 44 year-old Jane Wicker – who was performing a wing walking stunt at the time - and the pilot 64 year-old Charlie Schwenker.

The report cites slow speed and a lack of lift, causing the plane to stall and then crash before thousands of spectators. Lt. Anne Ralston says the Patrol’s report is based on eye-witness accounts, video, and measurements taken at the crash site.

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Around the Miami Valley
7:04 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Officials Investigate Deadly Air Show Crash

Federal officials continue to investigate the deadly air show crash on Saturday that took the lives of a wing walker and the pilot.

Thousands were watching the biplane at the Dayton Air Show as it glided through the sky then rolled over, crashed and exploded into flames.  It wasn't clear what had gone wrong.

The Dayton Daily News reports that The National Transportation Safety Board plans to release an initial report this week.  The exact cause of the accident may not be known for months.

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