Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wright Brothers - Ohio Version

We have visited the Wright Brothers' Memorial in North Carolina. We have seen the original 1903 Wright Flyer at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Next up on our agenda: Dayton, Ohio, also known as the Wright Brothers' hometown.
How cool is it to walk through the actual building where Wilbur and Orville worked? Evelyn and I were beside ourselves.
After we checked out the Cycle Shop, a park ranger took us on a two-block walk to the site of the Wright family home. (Henry Ford moved the actual home to Michigan.) This front porch replica is located where the original one sat.
In Dayton, there are two Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park sites to visit: the Cycle Shop (which is where the first three pictures were taken) and Huffman Prairie Flying Field (where the next two pictures were taken). In the visitor's center at Huffman Prairie, a park ranger helped Evelyn with a three-minute flight simulator of the 1903 Wright Flyer.
The 80-acre Huffman Prairie Flying Field has been preserved, and nothing has been built on it. The park service built replicas of the Wright brothers' airplane hangar and launch derrick. Here is Evelyn walking the airplane launch rail.