Congressman Mike Turner commended the news that the Dayton City Commission voted in favor of an agreement that moves the Wright Company Factory towards development and inclusion in the Dayton Aviation National Historical Park. The historic building is located on the grounds of the former Delphi Home Avenue Plant in West Dayton.

“Preservation of these buildings and including them in the Dayton Aviation National Historical Park will not only tell the story of our lead in flight, but will educate and inspire future generations to expand on the legacy of the Wright Brothers. As Aviation History Month comes to a close, this is much welcomed news,” said Turner. 

As part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Turner successfully included language which he authored, to expand the boundary of the Park to include the building as well as Hawthorn Hill.

“This historic factory is at the heart of Dayton’s legacy of flight and commitment to the nation’s security. During World War I, Daytonians worked at this plant to produce aircraft to support the war effort. Afterwards, it continued our community’s legacy of manufacturing by producing our military’s first aircraft with retractable landing gear,” added Turner. 

In Congress, Turner serves as the Co-Chair of the Historic Preservation Caucus. This Caucus promotes historic preservation efforts amongst Members of Congress, preservation organizations and stakeholders.