The Oakwood Historical Society in partnership with the library is pleased to present another edition of the Far Hills Speaker Series- The Dayton Flight Factory: The Wright Brothers and the Birth of Aviation. Dayton, Ohio was the hometown of the Wright brothers and the place where they transformed childhood curiosity into world-changing science, technology and industry. Dayton is where they invented, developed and commercialized the airplane. Today, you can stroll the Wright brothers’ neighborhood, see the original 1905 Wright Flyer III and walk the prairie where they flew it. A project to restore the Wright brothers’ factory—the first American factory built to produce airplanes—will complete the picture. The Dayton Flight Factory uses historical research and today’s aviation heritage sites to retell the story of the Wright brothers from a hometown perspective.
The Dayton Flight Factory will be presented by writer and author Timothy R. Gaffney.Gaffney was born in Dayton in 1951 and has lived in the region most of his life. Gaffney has worked for the Piqua Daily Call, the Kettering-Oakwood Times and the Dayton Daily News, where he was the aerospace and defense writer for twenty-one years until his retirement in 2006. He is the author of fifteen books about aviation, space, exploration and science, mainly for children and young adults. He is director of communications for the nonprofit National Aviation Heritage Alliance and a volunteer trustee of the United States Air and Trade Show Inc. and Wright “B” Flyer, Inc.