Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael R. Turner (OH-03) will testify before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands about legislation he has sponsored that would add the Wright Factory Buildings and Hawthorn Hill to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park.
The Wright Company Factory buildings in West Dayton are the first American facilities specifically designed and built for the manufacture of airplanes. These buildings had a production capability that was greater than any other manufacturing facility at the time. The Wright Company operated at the site from 1910-1916 and produced 13 different models of airplanes. The Wright Company Factory buildings are currently part of a Delphi facility that will close in 2008.
Hawthorn Hill was designed by Wilbur and Orville Wright and was the home of the Wright family until 1948. Adding the Oakwood residence to the National Park Service will ensure that this architectural and mechanical national landmark remains available for public appreciation.
Addition of these sites to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park is supported by the Wright family.