January in Aviation History

January, 1909:

In January of 1909 the first book extolling the accomplishments of the Wright Brothers was published in France. “Les Premier Hommes-Oiseaux: Wilber et Orville Wright” (pub. Paris, H. Guiton, 1909) was written by François Peyrey (1873-1934). Peyrey, the aeronautical editor of the French sporting newspaper “L’Auto”*, was among those who witnessed Wilbur Wright’s flight near LeMans in August of 1908. His book included tables, diagrams and many historical photographs. The Wright’s demonstrations of that year had dispelled European skepticism, and the book helped further spread the word of the brothers accomplishments.

*”L’Auto”, a precursor to today’s French paper “L’Equipe”, originated the Tour de France cycling race in 1903.

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16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

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or please call (937) 225-7705 for the current park schedule.

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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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