Near West Carrollton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wright Model G Seaplane
In autumn 1913, the Wright Company announced the Wright Model G Aeroboat. Partially the brainchild of Grover Loening, a promising young engineer hired by Orville Wright that summer, the Model G of 1913-1914 was designed to compete with the lucrative Curtiss Model F.
It featured a boat-like fuselage as well as wingtip floats for stability in the water and was tested on this stretch of the Great Miami River by Loening, Wright, and Oscar Brindley. The Wright aircraft differed from Curtiss' design by its drastically different nose and tail shapes, its slightly larger size and lighter weight, and its use of a sixty-horsepower six-cylinder engine.
The Wright Company declared their Aeroboat a perfect adaptation for sportsmen traveling over water, and Orville allegedly found it suitable for air mail routes in remote environments.
The U.S. Navy purchased the first Wright G production model, but never added the aircraft to its fleet. Overall, the Model G sold poorly, and the Wright Company continued its decline following Wilbur Wright's death in 1912. Orville continued to run the Wright Company until 1915, but was not
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
Location. 39° 40.954′ N, 84° 13.844′ W. Marker is near West Carrollton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Marina Drive 0.4 miles east of Crossover Street. Walk down the Great Miami River Recreation Trail, 500 feet past the Veterans of Foreign Wars parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5449 Marina Dr, Dayton OH 45449, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Wright Seaplane Base / Wright Model G "Aeroboat" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moraine Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Woody's Market (approx. 0.7 miles away); Historic Blanchard Avenue (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dayton-Wright Airplane Factory (approx. 0.9 miles away); Delco-Light and Frigidaire (approx. one mile away); Johnny Appleseed Site (approx. 1.1 miles away); Zion Memorial Church (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Carrollton.
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