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Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Birth of Aviation

 
 
The Birth of Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
1. The Birth of Aviation Marker
Inscription. In 1899, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton built a kite to test a revolutionary flight control system, and in 1900, built their first airplane (glider). With promising results, the Wrights built man-carrying gliders and airplanes to refine their ideas. Wind tunnel experiments led to accurate calculations of lift and drag. In 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they made the first sustained, controlled, powered flight in history, lasting 12 seconds. By 1905, the Wright brothers had developed the first practical airplane and the skills to pilot it. The U.S. Army Signal Corps purchased a Wright flyer, the first practical military aircraft, in 1909. Through public demonstrations beginning in 1908, the Wright brothers showed the world the future of aviation.
 
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Paper Company Foundation, Dayton Section of SAE International, Engineers Club of Dayton, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-57.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 45.84′ N, 84° 11.435′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection
The Birth of Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
2. The Birth of Aviation Marker
The Engineers Club in background, with Charles Kettering historical marker to right of steps.
of Monument Avenue (Ohio Route 4) and Jefferson Street on Monument Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at the entrance to the Engineers Club. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 E. Monument Avenue, Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles F. Kettering (a few steps from this marker); John Van Cleve (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Van Cleve (within shouting distance of this marker); 1905 Wright Flyer III (within shouting distance of this marker); "The History of the World is the Biography of Great Men" (within shouting distance of this marker); Newcom Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Van Cleve Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 / And The Rivers Flowed Through The City (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Dayton Aviation Heritage Park. (Submitted on April 1, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Wright Brothers. (Submitted on April 1, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & SpaceMilitaryNotable EventsNotable Persons
 
Orville and Wilbur Wright Bench image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
3. Orville and Wilbur Wright Bench
Dedicated to the immortal spirit of Daytonians Orville and Wilbur Wright, whose gift of powered flight lifted our world forever skyward.
Orville and Wilbur Wright Bench image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
4. Orville and Wilbur Wright Bench
Orville and Wilbur Wright Bench image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
5. Orville and Wilbur Wright Bench
The Birth of Aviation image. Click for full size.
By Melanie Born, April 16, 2009
6. The Birth of Aviation
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 880 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on , by Melanie Born of Parma, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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