The Wright Image Group will build a stunning, dramatic symbol, an iconic monument, symbolizing the achievement of flight by Wilbur and Orville Wright, the birth of the aviation/aerospace industry, and branding Ohio as a leader in that industry ever since. You will see this monument at the intersection of I-70 and I-75, as shown in the depiction above, with the Dayton, Ohio skyline in the background, and you can hear U.S. Congressman (OH) Mike Turner speaking about it in the video below.
This is what we celebrate. This is the story:
On October 5, 1905, Wilbur Wright, at the controls of what was then known as the Wright Flyer III, flew for 39.5 minutes, doing figure 8's and circles and climbs and dives, in front of a small group of awestruck observers on Huffman Prairie, near Dayton, Ohio. He landed only when the flyer was out of gas. This flight was the culmination of a development process that he and Orville had started in their bicycle shop in 1898, first demonstrated promise at Kitty Hawk in 1903, and continued through the next two years. It was longer than all the flights they conducted throughout '03 and '04 combined. The 1905 Wright Flyer III was the first flying machine capable of taking off and flying through the air under its own power, rising, descending, and turning in any direction under the contol of a pilot, and landing - without crashing - in any appropriate location.
This was the world's first practical airplane, the birth of aviation, and the birth of the aerospace industry!
A replica of this airplane will tower 270 feet above the intersection of Interstates 70 and 75, near Dayton, Ohio, symbolizing that momentous achievement, and branding Ohio as the "Birthplace of Aviation."
(This actual 1905 flyer was restored, from 1947 to 1950, with the help of Orville Wright and is still displayed in Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio.)