“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Final Honors

Final Honors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 26, 2007
1. Final Honors Marker
Inscription. The Wright brothers were the most memorialized of Americans in the 20th century. Of all their countrymen, only Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln have inspired commemorative zeal to match.
Wright biographer Tom Crouch

To perfect a flying machine was nothing short of a miracle. Dayton's two most famous sons were soon hailed throughout the world for making the ancient dream of flight a reality.

After Wilbur Wright died unexpectedly in 1912, prominent Dayton leaders initially thought that Huffman Prairie Flying Field, which you can see from this bluff, would be the best place to build a memorial.

The committee wanted a simple, classic design "thoroughly in keeping with the unassuming modesty of Wilbur and Orville Wright."

But the devastation of a great flood in 1913 postponed efforts to build any monument until 1938. This Wright Memorial fittingly overlooks the place where their greatest work was done.
Erected by Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 39° 47.642′ N, 84° 5.312′ W. Marker is in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is
Close Up of the Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 26, 2007
2. Close Up of the Memorial
In commemoration
of the courage, perseverance
and achievements of
Wilbur and Orville

Through original research
the Wright brothers acquired
scientific knowledge
and developed theories
of aerodynamics
which with their invention
of aileron control
enabled them in 1903
to build and fly at Kitty Hawk
the first power-driven
man-carrying aeroplane
capable of flight.

Their further development
of the aeroplane
gave it a capacity for service
which established aviation as
one of the great forward steps
in human progress.

As scientists
Wilbur and Orville Wright
discovered the secret of flight.
As inventors, builders and flyers
they brought aviation
to the world
on Memorial Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The memorial center is off Kauffman Avenue, off South Broad Street (CR 444). Marker is at or near this postal address: 2380 Memorial Road, Dayton OH 45433, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Biplanes to Rocket Science (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cow Pasture to Flight School (about 400 feet away); In Case of Floods ... (about 400 feet away); Huffman Dam (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wright Field (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mormon Migration, Kirkland Camp / Facts About Kirkland Camp (approx. one mile away); Huffman Prairie Flying Field (approx. 1.5 miles away); 94th Bomb Group (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is an aerial view of the Monument. On the right is a photo from the dedication. "On August 19, 1940, Daytonians joined some of the Wrights' earliest student flyers, including General Hap Arnold (right), then the commander of the Army Air Corps, to dedicate this monument. It was Orville Wright's (second from right) 69th birthday."

On the lower left is a photo of "Civilian Conservation Corps crews helped the Miami Conservancy District build this memorial between
The Wright Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 26, 2007
3. The Wright Memorial
1938 and 1940. The Conservancy gave the memorial to the Air Force in 1978 in celebration of the 75th anniversary of powered flight."
Also see . . .  Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park. Includes several locations within the Dayton area associated with the Wright brothers and aviation history. (Submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Air & SpaceNotable Persons
Southwest Panel image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 26, 2007
4. Southwest Panel
The area surrounding this hill is not only inseparably associated with the early days of the aeroplane but continues today as an important factor in aviation activity. Wright field lying in the direction of the arrow is the headquarters for the development and testing work of the United States Army Air Corps. It is named after the Wright brothers and typifies in its purpose the spirit of research and experiment which marked their efforts.
Northwest Panel image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 26, 2007
5. Northwest Panel
Centuries ago this hill was a center of life and culture of the mound builders. Two large burial mounds and four small ones have been identified here by the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society. They were once part of a mound community which from all indications was a place of importance in the mound builders era. Thus from a site with considerable prehistoric interest rises a shaft commemorating one of the greatest advances in the history of mankind.
Southeast Panel image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 26, 2007
6. Southeast Panel
One and one half miles east of this hill was written much of the opening chapter in the history of aviation. The arrow points to a marker which indicates the exact location of the original hanger on the flying field used by the Wright Brothers. Following their historic flights at Kitty Hawk December 17, 1903 they continued their work at this field. During 1904 and 1905 one hundred and sixty flights were made here including the first in a complete circle. The knowledge gained from these flights enabled the Wright brothers to make important advances both in aeroplane design and the art of flying. During a later period many of the pioneer flyers of this an other countries learned to fly here. Earth from the site where the original hanger stood has been brought to the top of this hill and underlies the shaft itself and the area surrounding it.
Northeast Panel image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 26, 2007
7. Northeast Panel
Pioneer flyers who were trained at Wright Brothers Feild
Maj. Gen Henry H. Arnold, U.S.A. Appointed Chief of Air Corps, U.S. Army, 1938
Brig. Gen. Frank Lahm, U.S.A. First military man to go up in an Aeroplane. One of first two military pilots in America
Capt. John Rodgers, U.S.N. First attempted flight from United States to Honduras 1925. Longest made by seaplane to that time - distance 1840 miles
Capt. A. Roy Brown Canadian Royal Air Force, Holder of a distinguished record for outstanding military accomplishment.
Col. Charles DeF. Chandler, U.S.A. Air Corps officer and former Chief of Lighter-than-Air Division.
Col. Thomas DeW. Milling, U.S.A. One of the first military pilots
Griffith Brewer First Englishman to fly in an aeroplane
Cal P. Rodgers First transcontinental flight from east to west
Robert G. Fowler First transcontinental flight from west to east.
Followed by a full listing of those trained by the Wrights.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 963 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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