"Protect the Propeller"

Site #10 on The Aviation Trail is the Special Collections and Archives in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library at Wright State University

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise funds to pay for conservation of an important item in the collection:

a Wright Brothers 1912 Bent End Propeller.

Help the Archives complete conservation work on a priceless 1912 Wright Brothers Bent End Propeller so it can once again be publicly displayed for the campus, community, and visitors from around the globe who visit Special Collections and Archives to experience the largest Wright Brothers Collection in the world.

To donate, follow this link to the site:

The Bent End Propeller was one of a series manufactured by the Wright Company for use on the Wright Model C standard commercial production airplane in 1912. The propeller is likely to have been used at Huffman Prairie during the years the Wright School of Aviation operated. It has been on display in the archives since its donation in 1978 and deterioration of the artifact has occurred over time due to aging and environment. Conservation is necessary to stabilize the propeller for long term preservation and exhibit.

Learn more about the Bent End Propeller at

The campaign ends on June 30, 2018 at 100:00AM.

The archives of Wright State University, which is named in honor of Wilbur and Orville Wright, contain the most complete collection of Wright brothers items,including about 4,000 photographs that document the invention of the airplane or pertain to the Wright family. The Archives also includes many other aviation collections, all of which are available to researchers with advance notification. A full-scale replica of the Wright brothers’ 1903 airplane hangs from the ceiling of the Library’s atrium and selected items from the Archives’ Wright Brothers Collection are on display in the Library Reading Room.

Wright State University

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway

Dayton, Ohio 45435

Special Collections and Archives

Paul Laurence Dunbar Library

(937) 775-2092

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