Wright factory makes national news
Progress on plans to restore the Wright Company factory buildings-America's first airplane factory-drew national coverage from AOPA Pilot, the flagship magazine of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Senior Editor Alton K. March devoted a full page to plans to open the century-old buildings to the public as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. AOPA Pilot is a premier general aviation magazine that reaches 340,000 print subscribers and another 25,000 who take the digital edition. Read the online version of Marsh's column here.
NAHA is working closely with the National Park Service, site redeveloper Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, the city of Dayton and other partners to restore the two Wright Company buildings and three attached aircraft manufacturing buildings added later. Read more about the Wright Company factory buildings here.
Wright biographer to speak at WSU
Tom D. Crouch, Ph.D., Wright brothers biographer and senior curator of aeronautics at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., will be keynote speaker Friday, March 22, at Wright State University's second annual Graduate Public History Symposium.
Author of The Bishop's Boys and other books on air and space history, Crouch will speak from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Endeavour Room of the Wright State Student Union. His remarks will kick off a daylong symposium on the theme of controversy in public history with several speakers including Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections and Archives and Director of WSU's Public History program. Registration is to begin at 8:15 a.m.
NAHA helped sponsor Crouch's appearance. Crouch is a NAHA trustee, and Wright State's Special Collections and Archives is one of NAHA's 15 partners.
Admission to the symposium is free. Parking is available in the visitor lot in front of the student union.
Ohio Aviation Association Annual Conference
The Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) represents airport operators and aviation interests in Ohio. Its 2013 conference will take place April 16-17 at the newly remodeled Crowne Plaza Columbus North. Scheduled speakers include Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright brothers and a NAHA trustee. Go here for conference details and registration, or visit www.ohioaviation.org.