Wright Brothers

National Park Service officials say a copper reproduction bust of Wright Brother Orville Wright was spotted in some beach dunes.
National Park Service / National Park Service

A statue bust of Wright Brother Orville Wright has been recovered just hours after it was stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina.

An investigation by National Park Service Rangers continues into the vandalism, which also left the statue’s 300-pound granite mounting base toppled over and damaged.

National Park Service staff discovered the recent vandalism to the approximately 40-pound copper reproduction bust and its base in the early hours of  October 13 and sent out an alert seeking tips from the public.  

Remembering Ohio Connections To The Moon Landing

Jul 19, 2019
Neil Armstrong's Pressure Suit, A7-L, A19730040000, Apollo 11, that he wore to walk on the moon July 20, 1969 in its new display case in The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age Gallery of the National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum photo by Jim Preston / via NASA Image and Video Library

A blurry figure came on television screens all over the world on July 20th, 1969.

The astronaut, in a bulky space suit, backed down the steps of the lunar module known as Eagle. Then he made a short a hop down ----into the ashy powder on the surface of the moon. 

Neil Armstrong, a 38-year-old pilot born in Wapakoneta, Ohio was the first man on the moon- 50 years ago.

Bald eagles Willa and Orv are nesting at Carillon Park for the second year.
courtesy of Jim Weller

WYSO Curious is our series where listeners ask questions and WYSO producers find the answers. Today’s question comes from listener Heather Atkinson who says "I am so very curious about Willa and Orv, the bald eagle pair who have been nesting in Carillon.”

Although the Pinnacles no longer exist physically, their role in aviation keeps this local landmark alive.
courtesy of the city of Moraine

WYSO Curious is our series where listeners ask questions and WYSO producers find the answers. Today’s question comes from Jeff Wilson in Vandalia. Jeff had seen a photo in the Wright Brothers Museum of a curious geological formation called the Pinnacles, and he wanted to know more about this Dayton Landmark.

The Wright Brothers are the most famous of Daytonians. Their achievements in inventing manned flight are indisputable. William Hazelgrove decided there was something about the Wrights narrative that didn't feel right to him. In his new book "Wright Brothers, Wrong Story - How Wilbur Wright Solved the Problem of Manned Flight" the author attempts to re-Wright and alter that narrative.

Listen to this interview and decide whether you agree with him.

From right to left: Congressman Mike Turner, Stephen Wright, Amanda Wright-Lane, Brady Kress.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

The city’s aviation heritage was on full display Friday morning as Dayton History officials announced Carillon Park is now home to the John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers National Museum.

Formerly known as the Wright Brothers Aviation Center, the federal designation as a national museum is a “game-changer,” says Dayton History President Brady Kress.

Most of you are familiar with the expression "the third time's the charm." But what does that mean, exactly? Well, in the case of Mark Bernstein it means that I have interviewed him three different times for the same book and that on the third try we finally got things right. Actually, that isn't entirely true. Here's what happened: we got things right during the previous century when his book "Grand Eccentrics - Turning the Century: Dayton and the Inventing of America" was originally issued in 1996 and I interviewed him for the first time.

One century ago Dayton, Ohio was a hotbed of industry and innovation. In his book "Grand Eccentrics - Turning the Century: Dayton and the Inventing of America" Mark Bernstein looked back at some of the men who were instrumental in making this area a thriving place during that period.

Susan Wright: The Mother Of Flight

May 11, 2018
Susan Catherine Koerner Wright
Carillon Historical Park

The story of Wilbur and Orville Wright has been told countless times. Two completely self-taught, self-funded brothers invent the airplane in the back of their West Dayton bike shop. The world was never the same. But the story of the Wright brothers’ background is even more unorthodox than it seems. In the late 1800s, during the heart of the Victorian Era, the Wright brothers’ mother inspired their mechanical aptitude. Community Voices producer Leo DeLuca has a story about Susan Catherine Koerner Wright.

The Toys Of Orville Wright

Dec 25, 2017
Flips and Flops, the toy invented by Orville Wright, on display at Carillon Historical Park
Leo DeLuca / WYSO

In late 1878, a father gave his two boys a toy that flew under its own power. It had a small propeller, and made a big impression. Twenty-five years later, one of the boys became the world's first pilot, and never lost his fascination with flight.