Wright Brothers

Aviation treasures returning to National Air & Space Museum

The Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum has been closed for a while to reboot with two dozen new famous. At least eight of the galleries are set to open this fall.

One of those returning soon is The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age, an replace of the famous exhibition of the equal call that has housed the 1903 Wright Flyer on the grounds that 2003.

As a preview, the museum shared photographs of some of the artifacts we’ll see when the show off reopens and pointed us to aviation-themed treasures within the vaults.

12 seconds. That is how lengthy Orville Wright’s first powered flight within the 1903 Wright Flyer lasted. The Wright Brothers used this stopwatch to time the December 1903 flight. The watch may be on show within the reimagined Wright Brothers exhibition.


Once the Wright Brothers confirmed how ‘clean’ it changed into to fly, it didn’t take lengthy for the general public to come to be fascinated with airplanes and airplane-themed things. And for flight subject matters to appear on jewelry, in video games, and in art.

Here are a few superb items from the National Air & Space Museum’s collection that we are hoping we’ll see while the galleries reopen. See you there!

(All snap shots courtesy of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum)

Board Game, Lindbergh, King Collection (A20040289048).
Pillbox with an airplane at the lid
Gold-coloured small jewelry charm inside the form of an early monoplane with a visible fuselage frame and propeller that spins.

Celebrating National Aviation Day

Sculpture at the Wright Brothers National Monument _courtesy National Park Service

Today (August 19) is National Aviation Day, which celebrates the development of aviation and marks Orville Wright’s birthday.

Airports and aviation fanatics across the usa might be noting the day in various approaches.

Courtesy CVG

At Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), they’ll be celebrating with two events.

*From eleven:30 a.m to one:30 p.m. CVG is inviting community members to prevent via the Airport Viewing Area to watch planes take off and land and enjoy a own family-friendy trip with the Kona Ice truc, the CVG fireplace truck, games and other sports.

*From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CVG and Graeter’s Ice Cream will be greeting arriving passengers with samples of ice cream. There can also be a overall performance from ArtsWave Presents and aviation-themed giveaways inside the terminal.

Mural honoring Wright Brothers – at Tampa International Airport

On National Aviation Day, one among my traditions is to recall Katharine Wright, Orville and Wilbur’s sister, who became frequently called “The Third Wright Brother.”

Don’t understand about her? That’s because Orville tried to have Katharine’s role inside the brothers’ accomplishment erased from records.

Here’s a quick feature tale I produced approximately Katherine Wright lower back in 2003 for National Public Radio as a part of my Hidden Treasures Radio Project collection.

National Aviation Day and the 3rd Wright Brother

At Seattle's Museum of Flight

In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed August 19  – Orville Wright’s birthday – to be National Aviation Day.

It’s a great excuse (as in case you really want one) to have a good time aviation, aviation records, aviators thru the a while and how a laugh it's miles to fly.

But ever seeing that I discovered the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s sister, Katherine, I ensure to pay homage to her in this day.

Few humans even understand the Wright Brothers had a sister. But with out Katherine who, as an instance, saved the bicycle store going for walks whilst her brothers have been out doing their component inside the Kitty Hawk dunes, National Aviation Day might also have had a very different back tale.

Here’s a hyperlink to a radio piece titled Katherine Wright: The Forgotten Wright Brother,  that I prepare for National Public Radio (way again in 2003!) on Katherine Wright. When the Wright Brothers have been all the rage, Katherine turned into known as the 3rd Wright Brother and maximum absolutely must be remembered on National Aviation Day.

Take a concentrate and allow me recognize what you suspect.


Greetings from Missouri’s Springfield-Branson National Airport

I’m visiting Springfield, Missouri this week to sign up for the festivities for the outlet of the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium and had a while to discover the general public areas of the Springfield-Branson National Airport on arrival while expecting a trip into city.

In the hovering foyer/bags claim place, there’s a duplicate of the Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer and  a three/4 scale  Curtis Jenny, the first mass produced American aircraft. After World War I, stunt pilots used this sort of plane in airshows and signage at the airport tells us  that in May 1918 the USA Postal Service started the use of Jennys for the primary scheduled U.S. Air Mail Service.

EZ-1, the first hearth rescue car used by the Springfield Municipal Airport, is likewise on display.

SGF airport has an art gallery with mulitple display regions within the pre and publish-security regions.  The modern showcase  – Come Fly with Me – is up through mid-November.

paintings by using Christine Riutzel

And within the newstand I determined a first-rate cow-tipping t-shirt.  Is that really a thing?




CVG celebrating National Aviation Day – with hot dogs, ice cream

Courtesy Henry Ford Museum


Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is celebrating National Aviation Day (Aug 19), which commemorates the records and Orville Wright’s birthday, with ice-cream, chili and aviation-themed giveaways.


More than 2,000 arriving passengers can be treated to Gold Star Chili cheese coneys (warm dogs) and Graeter’s Ice Cream. There can also be a band, giveaways and different surprises at the Welcome Point of the CVG Terminal.


CVG may also host a scavenger hunt on social media for passengers to discover Wilbur Wright inside the Terminal and two Concourses. Hints may be shared on Twitter and prizes may be awarded to the primary passengers who spot Wilbur, snap a picture with him, and proportion on CVG’s Twitter account.


And what’s National Aviation Day with out a few plane spotting? At 2 p.m., there can also be free Mr. Softee ice-cream (first-come, first-served) and aviation-themed treats out at the airport’s airplane viewing area (1459 Donaldson Hwy, Erlanger, KY).