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Aero Carnival Photo Contest 2014

Details to come concerning photo entries for cancelled Aero Carnival.


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New Ohio Guide: Huffman Prairie


Take a trip through time
Explore the history and curiosities from the 1860s to the 1940s featuring US and World Events, Inventions & Technology, the Wright brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, American Letters, and Dayton Events through the interactive timeline. Choose a theme, then choose a decade. To return to home page, click on "backspace" bar.


The Wright brothers’ invention of the airplane changed much in the world. Click here to see The Miracle of Flight movie, the Learning to Fly cartoon, Riding the Wind movie, the Age of Flight movie and test your skills with the interactive simulator by left clicking your mouse.

Inventing Flight
For a short film from ThinkTV about how the Wright brothers invented the airplane click here.

Kings of the Air
In addition to designing and building the world’s first practical airplane, Wilbur and Orville had to teach themselves to become the world’s first airplane pilots. However, doubts about the Wright brothers’ claims to flight were running high in Europe. On August 8, 1908, Wilbur took off in front of a small crowd near Le Mans, France. Word spread quickly. Critics apologized. Businessmen, politicians, celebrities, and royalty from all over rushed to crown the Wright brothers, "kings of the air."

The Quest for Practical Flight
When Wilbur and Orville came home from Kitty Hawk in December 1903, they knew that they were standing at a crossroads. They had proved that mechanical flight was possible, but hadn’t proved that it was practical.

The Wright brothers never wanted to invent just a scientific curiosity, or a marvelous plaything. As the Wright brothers stated…

"From the beginning, the prime object
was to devise a machine of practical utility, rather than a useless and extravagant toy…"

By October 1905, the Wright brothers’ new machine took off and landed safely, turned gracefully in the sky, and flew for as long as the gas tank held fuel. A remarkable machine, it was the world’s first practical airplane.


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