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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
Ohio capital budget includes funds for historic Wright Brothers factory

Posted: 4:17 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014

National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA), Timothy R. Gaffney, Director of Communications


DAYTON, Ohio—Efforts to secure and restore the historic Wright brothers’ airplane factory have taken an important step forward with the inclusion of funding in Ohio’s capital budget bill.


The budget bill for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 includes $250,000 to acquire and secure the two Wright Company buildings for eventual use by the National Park Service. Ohio Gov. John Kasich introduced the bill Tuesday to the state legislature.


“This is one small step toward opening the Wright Company factory to the public as a unit of Dayton’s national park, but it’s a giant leap in terms of gaining recognition for the importance of this project,” said Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA).

National park pumps $3.6 million into local economy. 
The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park includes the Wright brothers’ bicycle shop and the last home of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Posted: 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014



At the turn of the 20th Century, the Wright Cycle Company in Dayton was a cash cow, selling bicycles to an eager public.Today, the company continues to help boost the local economy, albeit a little differently, by attracting tourist dollars to the region.


The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, which includes the cycle company, welcomed almost 66,000 visitors in 2012 who pumped an estimated $3.6 million into local communities, according to a recent report.

Ohio museum volunteers building vintage war plane

Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 3:02 pm | Updated: 3:13 pm, Sat Mar 1, 2014.  

Associated Press

URBANA, Ohio — They got one part for the World War II-era bomber from under an elderly woman's porch in the next town, and another was bought from someone who had it hanging in a bar in Colorado. One chunk was a prop in a 1960s TV show, and the tail section was salvaged from a wreck deep in the Alaska wilderness.When dozens of volunteers are finished piecing them all together at a small Ohio museum, they're going to roll out a better-than-new, airworthy version of one of history's most famous military airplanes, the B-17, celebrated in Hollywood adventure movies like "Twelve O'Clock High" and "Memphis Belle."

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