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The Wright Brothers

Books for Children

  • Berliner, Don. Before the Wright Brothers. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications, 1990.
  • Marquardt, Max. Wilbur, Orville & The Flying Machine. Milwaukee, WI: Raintree Publishers, 1989.
  • Parker, Steve. The Wright Brothers and Aviation. New York: Chelsea House Publications, 1996.
  • Sobol, Donald J. The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk. New York: Scholastic, 1987.
  • Sproule, Anna. The Wright Brothers. Great Britain: Exley Publishers, Ltd., 1996.
  • Woods, Andrew. Young Orville and Wilbur Wright: First to Fly. Mahwah, NJ: Troll Associates, 1992.

Books for Adults

  • Crouch, Tom D. The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright. New York: W.W. Norton, 1989.
  • Fisk, Fred C. and Todd, Marlin W. The Wright Brothers: From Bicycle to Biplane. Milton, OH: Miami Graphics Services, 1990.
  • Hallion, Richard P., editor. The Wright Brothers: Heirs of Prometheus. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1978.
  • Howard, Fred. Wilbur and Orville. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.
  • Jakab Peter L. Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990.
  • Wright, Orville. How We Invented the Airplane, An Illustrated History. Fred C. Kelly, editor. New York: Dover Publications, 1988.


Places to Visit

Aviation Trail
Wright Brothers Branch
PO Box 633,
Dayton, Ohio 45409
(937) 443-0793
Preserving the Dayton area's unique aviation heritage, the Aviation Trail follows several sites beginning with Dayton's Wright-Dunbar Village and ending with the United States Air Force Museum. In between, you can see many Wright brothers related artifacts including the recreated flyable Wright B Flyer and the original 1905 Wright Flyer III.

Carillon Historical Park
2001 South Patterson Boulevard
Dayton, OH 45409
(937) 293-3638
The original 1905 Wright Flyer III is housed in Wright Hall at this unique outdoor museum. The Flyer III was restored under the personal direction of Orville Wright. Next door, is a replica of the Wright Cycle Shop in which the brothers built the first airplane.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park
PO Box 9280, Wright Brothers Station
Dayton, OH 45409
(937) 225-7705
The successful development of powered, heavier-than-air, human-controlled flight occurred around Dayton, Ohio. This new park, established in 1992 as part of the National Park Service, preserves this legacy by incorporating the sites across the city associated with the Wright Brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Includes: Wright Cycle Company-restored building used for Wrights' businesses from 1895 to 1897, Hoover Block-site of the Wright printing business from 1890 to 1895, Dunbar House State Memorial-restored home of the African-American poet and business associate of Wright and Wright Job Printers, Wright Flyer III at Carillon Historical Park, and Huffman Prairie Flying Field-location of the Wrights' hangar, landing field, and later flight school.

The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI 48121
(313) 271-1620
The original Wright Cycle Shop and the house at 7 Hawthorn Street (where the brothers lived with their father and their sister Katharine during their period of aeronautic invention) are located in Greenfield Village. Henry Ford moved these structures from their original site in Dayton, Ohio to Greenfield Village in 1937-1938.

Montgomery County Historical Society
Old Courthouse Museum
& North Main Street
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 228-6271
A National Historic Landmark, the museum houses an exhibit on the Wright Brothers showing the important roles their parents, two older brothers and sister played in their lives.

National Air and Space Museum
6th Street and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington D.C. 20560
(202) 357-2700
The original 1903 Wright Flyer, the world's first airplane, flown at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, is on permanent display.

Special Collections and Archives
Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
Wright State University
Dayton, OH 45435
(937) 775-2092
The Library's focus on early aeronautics stems from the university being a living memorial to Orville and Wilbur Wright. In 1975, WSU was chosen as the repository for the Wright Brothers Collection which comprises over 6000 items and is one of the most complete records of the Wrights' life and work. In addition, the archives holds over seventy other manuscript collections relating to the history of flight.

National Museum of the US Air Force
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton, OH 45433-7102
(937) 255-3284
The largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world and Ohio's largest free tourist attraction, the USAF Museum features Wright Brothers artifacts including the 1911 Modified "B" Flyer and a replica of brothers' 1901 Wind Tunnel.

The Wright B Flyer
Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport, Ohio
(937) 885-2327
The Wright B Flyer is a fully operational flying replica of the first production airplane ever built - the Wright Brothers B Model Airplane. The Wright B Flyer is hangared at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport. The hangar is open to the public and admission is free.


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