Have you visited America’s first airplane factory? Well here’s your chance. The next monthly tour of the historic Wright brother’s factory is scheduled for 10 am Thursday, June 16, 2016. The tour is free and open to the public.
This is the first public tour since the June 7 announcement that the Ohio General Assembly has approved a $1 million state capital grant to preserve the factory.
The Wright Company built the two factory buildings in 1910 and 1911. The factory was the first in America built for airplane manufacturing and is the oldest still standing in the world. The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) conducts the monthly tours to educated the public about the factory’s history and its goal of having it restored as a unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.
The factory entrance is off West Third Street just east of Abbey Avenue. The gate has no specific address, but GPS users can find it by navigating to 2807 W. Third St., Dayton OH 45417.
No registration is necessary. The factory is unrestored, and visitors must sign a hold-harmless agreement before entering. Closed-toed shoes are required. No restroom facilities are available. Flashlights are recommended as lighting is dim in certain areas. The tour takes about an hour, but visitors can leave whenever necessary.
Please visit wrightfactory.org for more information.