A Republican congressman from Wright Brothers country is advocating national parks funding to purchase the aviation pioneers' original manufacturing facilities in Ohio, as debate intensifies over rights to the first-in-flight title.
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner appears in Dayton on Monday alongside Amanda Wright Lane of the Wright Family Foundation to discuss efforts to purchase the Wright Company Factory buildings and include them in Dayton's aviation history park.
The buildings are the first U.S. facilities specifically designed and built to manufacture airplanes.
Ohio and North Carolina have long sparred over which can claim first-in-flight honors as the respective locations of the Wrights' birth and first flight.
This summer, Connecticut passed a law declaring German-born aviator and Bridgeport, Conn., resident Gustave Whitehead as the first to make a powered flight.