The Wright “B” Half-Scale Flyer won the Trustees Award at Centerville’s 2017 Americana parade. The award is given every year for the best float in the parade based on theme, originality and attractiveness. This is the third time that the Half-Scale Flyer has won that award. The Half-Scale depicts the day (May 25, 1910) when Orville Wright took his father, Bishop Milton Wright, for his one and only flight.
The 2017 Runway Fest & Fireworks event will be held at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (MGY) on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 P
M. This is a family affair that includes aircraft static displays, airplane rides, inflatables, face painting, fireworks, music, food trucks and much more. Admission and parking are free.
The Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport is located at 10550 North Springboro Pike, Miamisburg, OH 45342.
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The Wright “B” Flyer museum will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 for observance of the holiday. It will open again on Thursday, July 6 for normal operating hours (9:00am to 2:30pm).
We regret to announce that Sue Strother, wife of long-time Wright B Flyer volunteer Sam Strother, passed away on June 21, 2017 of an untreatable cerebral hemorrhage. Services will be held on June 28 at 1:00 pm in St. Georges Episcopal Church, Far Hills and Rahn Road.
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.