Wright Brothers

Commentary
9:46 am
Mon December 17, 2012

First Flight and the Photograph

A contact print from the entire 5x7 inch plate also showing the broken corner which was incurred during the 1913 Dayton Flood.
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.

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Around the Miami Valley
8:04 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Dayton Commemorates Flight Anniversary

The anniversary of powered flight is going to be commemorated in the Wright brothers' hometown.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the 109th anniversary of flight will be recognized in a wreath-laying ceremony Monday morning on Wright Memorial Hill in Dayton.

Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Piel, a C-5 and C-17 cargo jet pilot, will speak at the event. Amanda Lane Wright, a great grandniece of the Wright brothers, and Col. Cassie Barlow, Wright-Patterson 88th Air Base Wing commander, will participate in the wreath laying.

Around the Miami Valley
10:30 am
Mon November 26, 2012

WYSO Weekend: November 25, 2012

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

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Commentary
7:06 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Wilbur Wright Flies in New York

1909 Hudson-Fulton-Wright Flyer with canoe attached. Wilbur and Charlie Taylor inspect the Flyer.
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.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Orville Wright's Demonstration Flight

The Flyer on the launch rail, the catapult behind the aeroplane.

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.

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