The Celebration of Wilbur Wright's 150th Birthday

Aviation Trail, Inc. Event

Wilbur Wright was born to Milton and Susan Wright April 16, 1867, in a three-room house near Millville, Ind., eight miles east of New Castle, Ind. Wilbur was the Wrights' third son and was named for Wilbur Fiske, a clergyman admired by Milton.

On April 8 2017, Aviation Trail members and guests met to celebrate the 150th birthday of Wilbur Wright. The celebration was held at Sinclair College in the UAS Indoor Flying Pavilion, with a dinner, and two speakers from Sinclair. With the location in the flying pavilion, the theme of unmanned aerial systems was emphasized, with a salute to the aviation innovation that flourishes in Dayton now, as it did in Wilbur's day. 

Aviation Trail President Marvin Christian welcomed the guests to the celebration, and introduced ATI board member Col. Roger McClure (USAF Ret) who led the group in a toast to those serving in the military. ATI secretary Nancy Horlacher then presented a moving tribute to Wilbur Wright. Randy Zuercher, curator of the ATI Parachute Museum, then presented a certificate of gratitude to Dr. David Bodary for his volunteer service at the museum. After dinner, president Christian then introduced the speakers, Dr. Andrew Shepherd and Dr. Ronald Storm. See below for more information on the fine program. After the program, Drs. Shepherd and Storm were presented with framed pictures of the Wright Bicycle Shop. The night concluded with a drone flying demonstration (see below).

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The Featured Program

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Andrew Shepherd and Dr. Ronald Storm

Sinclair National UAS Training and Certification Center


Guests were entertained and enlightened by the two experts on unmanned aerial systems as speakers: Dr. Andrew Shepherd and Dr. Ronald Storm, both from Sinclair Community College and both Ohioans.

They provided an overview of the college's unmanned aerial systems program and a review of past, present, and future topics related to the UAS industry.


Dr. Shepherd, a Ph.D. in business administration, is director for the Sinclair UAS program. His experience extends to the defense industry and academia and is focused on modeling and simulation research, course development, accreditation, instruction and mentorship


Dr. Storm, also a  Ph.D. in business administration, has worked on the technical and business side of manned and unmanned systems for the past 15 years. He is an adjunct professor at Sinclair on  a variety of topics from basic understanding of unmanned systems to aviation law and privacy.


The event was held in the UAS Indoor Flying Pavilion at Sinclair Community College (Building 18. at the right). The Sinclair National UAS Training and Certification Center in Building 13 (at the left) will also be open for viewing. The  National UAS Training & Certification Center is home to the nation’s first permanent, custom-built unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flying facility and represents the culmination of a focused vision dedicated to creating one of the most comprehensive and pioneering facilities for the advancement of UAS training and applied research support. Guests were able to tour Building 13 prior to the dinner.

The Location

Dr. Andrew Shepherd

UAS Indoor Flying Pavilion

National UAS

Training and Certification Center

As long as men fly...

wherever they journey through space...

their flights began in Dayton, Ohio

The Birthplace of Aviation

Dr. Ronald Storm


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

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From W. Third St., turn south on Williams St and then turn left on Fourth St. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Visitor Center parking area.

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Travel Note - Third St. Bridge closure:

The Third Street Bridge will be CLOSED beginning Jan. 1, 2020 until approximately Oct. 2021. Visitors can use the Fifth St. Bridge or the Salem Ave. Bridge as detours from downtown Dayton. A file with more detailed instructions for visitors traveling from the north or south via I-75, or from the east and west via US35 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.


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