Wright B volunteer James R. Stoutemyer died on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at age 86. James worked on avionics at the Wright B Flyer, Inc. for about 15 years prior to his death. He was the loving husband of the late Mary Jean Stoutemyer (nee Stubblefield), brother of Paul W. (Joyce Stoutemyer and brother-in-law of Paul Stubblefield. In addition to his brother and brother-in-law, he is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, close friends and neighbors. Funeral services were at 10:00 am., Saturday, April 22 at the Montgomery Assembly of God Church, 7950 Pfeiffer Rd., Montgomery, Ohio 45242. Memorials may be made to Montgomery Assembly of God church.
Wright B Flyer contributed a year’s membership for a raffle drawing that was held at the 2017 Boys State Gymnastic Meet. The meet was held on March 25 and 26, 2017 at the Gymnastics Training Center of Ohio (GTCO) in Franklin, Ohio. It was sponsored by the Rings & Beams Booster Club, the parent booster organization. The Park Ranger in the picture spoke with participants about the Aviation Trail and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) in the Dayton, Ohio area.
The National Aviation Heritage Alliance, NAHA, presented the 2017 Mitchell Cary-Don Gum Memorial Aviation Scholarship to Mullika Pandit, daughter of Miti and Anirudh Pandit of Mason, Ohio. This is the fifth time NAHA has awarded the scholarship; the fifteen-year-old Mason High School student is the youngest person and first female to receive the award.
A serious engine failure occurred while flying our Wright “B” Flyer lookalike (Brown Bird) in October. This failure has necessitated extensive maintenance on the Brown Bird. So, along with design and construction of a new aircraft, we are currently working on the restoration of the older one to flying status. We hope to have the Brown Bird flying again by April or May of this year. To read more about the maintenance effort click here. To see more pictures, visit our Facebook site by clicking here and scrolling down a bit.
All four of the new Wright “B” lookalike wing panels arrived at the Wright “B” hangar in January 2017. Construction of these wing panels began in February 2016 at the EAA 5 facility in Middlefield, Ohio under the leadership of project manager, Curtis Cook. After designing and building special tools for use during the wing-panel construction, all parts were completed, assembled and shipped to the Wright “B” Flyer hangar. To read more about the construction of the wing panels, click here.
The Wright B Museum Holiday Schedule is as follows. The museum will be closed from December 17, 2016 through January 1, 2017. The museum will open for normal operating days (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) and hours (9:00 am until 2:30
Long-time Wright B Volunteer John Warlick passed away at age 91 on November 27, 2016, surrounded by family. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, John was a resident of Beavercreek, Ohio for the last 46 years. John was proceeded in death by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Martin Warlick, parents John and Eva May Warlick, and an infant sister. John was a long-time member of Aley United Methodist Church in Beavercreek.
The Wright”B” Flyer museum will be closed on November 24 and 26 for observance of Thanksgiving. The museum will resume normal operating days (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) and hours (9:00 am to 2:30 pm) on Tuesday, November 29.