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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

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THE WRIGHT CYCLE COMPANY COMPLEX

The Wright Cycle Company
Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center
Aviation Trail Visitor Center and Museum

16 South Williams Street
Dayton, OH 45402 U.S.A.
937 225 7705

The Wright Cycle Company

The fourth bicycle shop operated by the Wrights is the only building remaining as testament to the bicycle business. It is also in this shop in which the Wrights’ passive interest in flying turned to active research and development. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990.

Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center

Wilbur and Orville started their careers as printers and operated their second print shop, outside the home, here as Wright & Wright Job Printers. In this location, the Wrights edited and published newspapers for the West Side patrons. The Dayton Tattler, written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, was also printed at this location. Designated as part of the West Third Street National Register Historic District in 1988.

HUFFMAN PRAIRIE FLYING FIELD

Gate 16A, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton, OH 45433 U.S.A.
937 425 0008

On this 84-acre patch of rough pasture outside Dayton, the Wright brothers learned to control and maneuver their powered machine and taught themselves to fly during 1904 and 1905. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. The Flying Field is located on an active military installation and subject to unannounced closure. Visitors are urged to call 937-425-0008 for field closures.

HUFFMAN PRAIRIE FLYING FIELD INTERPRETIVE CENTER

2380 Memorial Road, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton, OH 45433 U.S.A.
937 425 0008

Exhibits focus on the Wright brothers’ development of the world’s first practical airplane at Huffman Prairie in 1904 and 1905, their flying school starting in 1910, and the accomplishments of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

WRIGHT MEMORIAL

2380 Memorial Road, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton, OH 45433 U.S.A.

Adjacent to the Interpretive Center, the Wright Memorial on Wright Brothers Hill is a 27-acre designed landscape honoring Dayton’s native sons. The monument, a 17-foot pink granite obelisk, was dedicated on August 19, 1940, Orville’s 69th birthday.

DAYTON HISTORY AT CARILLON PARK

1000 Carillon Boulevard
Dayton, OH 45409 U.S.A.
937 293 2841; toll-free 877 BE HISTORY

Wright Brothers Aviation Center

The world’s first practical airplane, the 1905 Wright Flyer III, built by the Wright brothers and flown at Huffman Prairie, is the centerpiece exhibit. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990 and a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark in 2003.

 

Dayton History

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1000 Carillon Boulevard
Dayton, OH 45409 U.S.A.
937 293 2841; toll-free 877 BE HISTORY

Carillon Historical Park has one of the premier collections relating to Dayton’s own Wright brothers, including the original 1905 Wright Flyer III. The only airplane designated a National Historic Landmark, the 1905 Flyer is the world’s first practical airplane. In the fall of 1905 Wilbur and Orville Wright piloted this airplane in record-breaking flights at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field just outside of Dayton, Ohio.

 

National Aviation Heritage Area

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PO Box 414, Wright Brothers Station
Dayton, OH 45409 U.S.A.
937 443 0165; toll-free 877 284 6242 (877 AVI NAHA)

Home of the Wright brothers…and the Birthplace of Aviation! In November 2004, Congress recognized the Dayton region as the National Aviation Heritage Area, in honor of the region’s leadership in our nation’s aviation history. The National Aviation Heritage Area provides visitors with an opportunity to experience several significant sites associated with aviation, all within a short distance from each other.
It began with the Wright brothers’ invention of the airplane in the back of their cycle shop on Dayton’s west side in 1903. They later perfected their flying machine on the testing grounds of Huffman Prairie Flying Field, just east of Dayton. Huffman is considered sacred ground by aviation aficionados the world over; meanwhile, the original 1905 Flyer, widely considered the world’s most significant airplane still in existence, is on display at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton.

 

Visual Marketing Associates (VMA)

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123 Webster Street
Studio 1A
Firefly Building
Dayton, OH 45402-1323 U.S.A.
937 223 7500

VMA forms long-term relationships with product and service organizations that embrace the benefits of brand building. Their multi-disciplined approached maximizes the total brand experience utilizing strategic marketing, graphic design, digital design and industrial design core competencies resulting in integrated, effective design solutions. VMA provides design and marketing services to The Wright Brothers brand.

 

The Wright Brothers Family Foundation

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c/o The Dayton Foundation
40 N. Main Street, Suite 500
Dayton, OH 45423 U.S.A.
937 222 0410

The Wright Brothers Family Foundation supports the preservation of aviation history related to Orville and Wilbur Wright by funding research and publication of aviation history, scholarships for studies in the fields of aviation and aeronautics, educational programming, the restoration and display of aviation artifacts, and landmarks, and memorials related to the Wright brothers’ story. Established at The Dayton Foundation by Wilkinson Wright, the Wright brothers’ grandnephew, the fund today is advised by Stephen Wright and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandnephew and great-grandniece, respectively.

 

The Wright Brothers Store

The Wright Brothers Invent Yourself

123 Webster Street, Studio 1A
Firefly Building
Dayton, OH 45402-1323 U.S.A.
937 223 7500

The Wright Brothers Store is the online presence of the wholly owned subsidiary, The Wright Brothers Worldwide, LLC. The online store is the official site for The Wright Brothers brand of aviation-themed fashion gear. Now, the first name in aviation is the first name in aviation fashion! Check out our line of flight jackets, aviator sunglasses and travel bags!