New York City, Paris, St. Louis – What do these cities have in common?
An identifiable icon in the form of the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and the Gateway Arch, respectively.
The Wright Image Group wants to add Dayton and the Wright Flyer III to that list. The local, nonprofit group is garnering support to install a Wright Flyer III monument at the intersection of I-70 and I-75. Weighing over 80,000 pounds and rising 220 feet high, the structure would commemorate the Wright Brothers’ aeronautical accomplishments, while giving Dayton an easily identifiable icon that would be seen by over 150,000 passengers daily.
The State of Ohio and Singer Properties donated 2 acres of land for the project, which is projected to cost approximately $7.5 million, according to the Dayton Daily News.
To help rally support, The Wright Image Group will be hosting an open house and information session on Oct. 25 from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport on Route 741 in Miamisburg. Event attendees will be able to climb into the pilot seat of a Wright “B” Flyer and have a photo taken free of charge. Following food, drink and fellowship, the group will present its goals for the monument and answer questions from the general public concerning the project.
For additional info, call 937-276-2963.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Would this be a good thing for Dayton or should we focus our efforts in another direction?