A Hidden Gem…

I was pleasantly surprised to come across a hidden gem during one of my uRV trips last summer. I have been through Dayton Ohio several times before but never really looked for a place to visit besides the Dayton Air Museum. What I found was the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Site.

Of course, I was familiar with the Wright Brothers and Kitty Hawk North Carolina but I didn’t have much knowledge about the Wright brothers themselves. That would change on this visit. I must share some of the Wright brothers genes in that when they became accomplished in a field they soon got bored with that endeavor and moved on to other challenges.

They started out in the grocery business and when that proved successful they moved on to printing business. As that started providing a nice income they became fascinated with flight. They spent years studying and experimenting with flight before that Kitty Hawk historic event. The only reason Kitty Hawk is known for flight is because that was the windiest place close to Dayton that they could find.

The story of the brothers and their lifelong partnership is a fascinating one that is epitomized with a film entitled On Great White Wings. I would highly suggest that you visit this site or at the very least get the DVD that is available through Amazon on the subject.

I want to leave you with a gallery of pictures from my visit. Click on any one of them to see a larger view.

2 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your photos and reflections on your visit. That very much mirrors my experience stopping there a couple of years ago. It was fun surprise and a great way to spend a morning.

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  2. Welcome to MyView Mike. I had planned on finding other National Historic Sites like this one in the coming year. That was to be the theme of my travels. Unfortunately that has been put off, but it is still at the tope of my travel agenda for when things open up.

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