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New Wright "B" Flyer To Be Built At Wright Factory

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The factory where the Wright Brothers built their original plane will produce another airplane soon - a new replica of the Wright-B Flyer is scheduled to take flight in 2016.

The announcement came from Jay Jabour—president of Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. standing just outside the Wright Company factory in Dayton.

Jabour told the attending press, “The opportunity to build a look-a-like of the 1911 airplane in the original 1911 factory is really exciting.”

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Amanda Wright-Lane stands by the placard that marks the original factory buildings where Orville and Wilbur Wright built their biplane.

The Flyer will replace the one aviation crowds have seen since it was built 1982, and will be up to current flight and safety codes

The former Delphi plant where the original Wright factory is located still needs some cleanup. But Amanda Wright-Lane –the great grand niece of Orville and Wilbur Wright—says she’s hopeful about the redevelopment.

"As part of the larger campus we hope to attract a tech company, so they’ll also be opportunity to enjoy some of Dayton’s Wright history but also be a working campus where there will be job opportunities," she said.

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance has been working toward the goal of getting the Home Road facility and several surrounding acres developed as part of the national park system for several years.  They partnered with Wright “B” Flyer Inc. and with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) to complete the project. EAA volunteers will build the aircraft.

The new Wright “B” Flyer should be airborne by the end of 2016 but it's likely Dayton residents will see it in the 2017 Dayton Air Show.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.