Saturday, June 14, 2003

It's official: Ohio IS the birthplace of aviation

The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] Oct. 4, 1905: Wilbur Wright flies over Huffman Prairie, near the current Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
(The Dayton Daily News)
It took a hundred years, but this week, Congress got it right - Ohio, not North Carolina, is the birthplace of aviation.

The U.S. House voted 378-3 for a resolution naming Dayton, Ohio - home of Wilbur and Orville Wright - as the place where aviation was born. The measure passed the Senate late Thursday on a voice vote.

Daytonians have known that for nearly a century, but North Carolinians have been making the claim that powered flight was born on an Outer Banks hill called Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers experimented and made their first flight on Dec. 17, 1903.

Naturally, the three votes against the House resolution were cast by North Carolina congressmen.

Ohio - where the phrase "Birthplace of Aviation" is etched on license plates - was where flight was born, Buckeyes claim, because the Wright brothers made their plans and constructed their aircraft in their bicycle shop on Dayton's West Side.

Ohio is also the state that has produced the most astronauts, 24 in all, including John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.

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