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April 16, 1867 - Birthday of Wilbur Wright

Aviation Trail salutes Wilbur Wright:


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.



It was Wilbur's observations of birds in flight that inspired his concept of wing warping, and his letter to Octave Chanute that helped propel the brothers on their historic venture. (See this Library of Congress story: https://www.loc.gov/collections/wilbur-and-orville-wright-papers/articles-and-essays/the-belief-that-flight-is-possible-to-man/ ).



Although Wilbur's birthplace is commemorated by the Wilbur Wright Birthplace Museum in Hagerstown, Indiana, you can now visit his final resting place at Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio (Site #8 on the Aviation Trail) where he lies next to his brother Orville.