About Us

WHO WE ARE

The Wright Image Group incorporated in August 2006 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit.  Our objective is to raise an iconic monument that symbolizes the birth of a revolutionizing industry – aviation – and the leadership role that Dayton and Ohio have always held in that industry.  We are a volunteer group of business people, managers, engineers, architects, pilots, lawyers, and aviation enthusiasts dedicated to making this monument a reality.

In October 1905, on the plains of Huffman Prairie near Dayton, Orville and Wilbur Wright finally succeeded in developing the aircraft they first demonstrated could fly on the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.  Their first flight of 120’ on December 17th was the culmination of a process they had begun in 1899, to demonstrate powered and controlled flight.  However, it was only the beginning of the process to develop the first practical airplane – one that could remain aloft under the control of its pilot until it ran out of fuel.  They continued to work, and they finally succeeded on Huffman Prairie in 1905.  “… as the glow of the last days of summer transformed into early autumn, two most unusual men, in a not very likely place, transformed a remote farm pasture, and the State of Ohio, into The Birthplace of Aviation.”  {Article by  Louis Chmiel, “Wright Brothers and Flyer – The Soul of Dayton.”}

The southwest corner of Ohio developed a rich aviation heritage in the years that followed.  So much so, that eight of its counties have been designated by federal law a National Aviation Heritage Area.  Ohio’s aviation legacy began with the industry’s birth, continued with a dominant leadership position in the industry ever since, and stretches as far as the imagination can reach into the future.

The triumph of flight is unique to Dayton, Ohio.  The Wright Brothers patented the airplane they finished testing in 1905, the Wright Flyer III, and its silhouette became famous throughout the world.  It symbolized innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, tenacity, and leadership.  It is also the symbol we have chosen for our monument.  We will hold it up for the world to see, 270’ high, soaring over the intersection of two major interstate highways near Dayton.  With a wingspan of 144’ it will inspire millions of people throughout the world, reminding all that Ohio is the birthplace of aviation.  We call it, simply, the “Triumph of Flight.”

The Triumph of Flight will be located at the intersection of I-70 and I-75, a few miles north of Dayton, and will be visible up to three miles away to drivers moving east, west, north or south – more than 53 million vehicles a year.  The Flyer pedestal will rise gracefully out out of a reflecting pool and be anchored  by multiple cables giving it the appearance of flight.  Lighted internally, it will inspire all who see it, day or night.

 

 

 

 

View Larger Map

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board of Directors meets monthly, supported by separate committee meetings, and we hold an open membership meeting in December of each year for the election of directors. We are always looking for new talent and fresh ideas, so if you are interested in assisting, get in touch with us!

Walt Hoy
Chairman

Walter Ohlmann
President

Steve Brown
Vice President – Engineering

George Gianopulos
Vice President – Fund Raising

Curt Nelson
Vice President – Public Information

Jacqueline Nawroth
Treasurer

Franz Hoge

Shayna Kolodesh

Jon Kurtz

Amanda Wright Lane

Al Leland

Ralph Link

Anthony Perfilio

Ed Phillips

Bob Raggio

Marshall Ruchman
Director Emeritus

Judge Walter Rice
Director Emeritus

Toula Stamm
Director Emeritus

Chuck Stevens