Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

History

Stories

His flight, though cut short, commemorated one on the same 84 acres of prairie exactly 102 years earlier when Wilbur flew almost 25 miles in 39 minutes, circling the field 29 times,at an average speed of 38 miles per hour. The flight, the longest of 1905 and longer than all of the previous years' flights combined, marked the achievement of practical flight.

Mr. Dusenberry noted that he lost both propellers and damaged the undercarriage of the plane. "It is a fairly common type of accident with these aircraft," he said. "What I broke was a bunch of sticks and put a few holes in some of my fabric. But fortunately it's all repairable. It will take time, but it will be repaired."

The soft-spoken Dusenberry reflected, "I think it's fantastic, I really think it's great," regarding his chance to recreate the Wright brothers' legacy before hundreds of Ohio elementary school children. "Hopefully it has a positive impression on the kids as far as looking at the aircraft here and thinking about technology and how things have changed over time."

Mr. Dusenberry, an engineer with the Ohio Department of Transportation from Dennison, feels a certain kinship with the Wright brothers and their quest to learn more about their fragile flying machines. Based on his study of the Wright brothers' diaries, he assesses his flying skills would equate to where Wilbur and Orville were in late 1904.

Places

At the turn of the century, the neighborhood now known as the Wright-Dunbar Village was a vibrant community. This is the neighborhood in which the Wright brothers lived and worked. This is the place in which they started their printing business, entered into the bicycle business and became involved with the mystery of flight. The center includes a reception area, bookstore, theater, and exhibit gallery. The center’s exhibits focus on the Wright brothers’ printing and bicycle businesses, their family history, and their association with poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar.

 

Celebrate the Centennial of Wilbur Wright's Flights in France
The LeMans Sarthe Wright 2008 Centennial will re-enact the world's first public flights and the first European flights of the Wright brothers, which took place in LeMans and Sarthe, France from August 8, 1908 until January 2, 1909. This period was not only a time when the Wright brothers made flights, but was the crucial turning point in the history of aviation, the true technical transition between dirigibles and airplanes. To learn more about the celebration in France, click here.