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The Wright Brothers Collection of Wright State University Special Collections and Archives at Dayton, Ohio, is one of the most complete collections of Wright material in the world. It includes the Wrights’ own technical and personal library, thousands of photographs, letters, diaries, financial records, genealogical files, awards, certificates, medals, albums, recordings, and technical drawings documenting the invention of the airplane and the lives of the Wright family.


The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress comprises over 49,000 digital images including photographs, diaries, notebooks, family papers, letters, and scrapbooks.


The Wright Experience. Online multimedia resource and classroom experience.


The Invention of the Aerial Age. Timeline and history presented by the National Air and Space Museum


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park: The Wright Cycle Company, The Wright Brothers Aviation Center at Dayton History at Carillon Park, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretetive Center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the Paul Laurence Dunbar House. National Park Service.


How We Made the First Flight, by Orville Wright. Orville Wright’s own account of the first powered, sustained, controlled flight. Compiled by from the Aviation Education Clearinghouse of the Federal Aviation Commission.


Aviators: The Wright Brothers, by Bill Gates. How the Wright brothers’ invention helped form the American 20th Century. Time Magazine, March 29, 1999.,9171,990611,00.html


The Dream of Flight. A Library of Congress Special Presentation Commemorating the Centennial of Flight. An online pictorial and text display of the history of flight including a timeline and selected illustrations from the Library of Congress collections.


Inventing Flight For Schools. Curriculum , interactive activities, and resources. Produced by Think TV.


The Wright Brothers’ Dayton. A look back into an extraordinary period when inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries called Dayton home. ThinkTV and the Montgomery County Historical Society.


Aviation Trail, Inc. A self-guided tour of aviation sites around Dayton, Ohio.


Ohio’s Aviation Heritage. Online resource from the National Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton, Ohio.


National Aviation Heritage Area. A group of historical sites recognized by Congress in honor of the Dayton region’s leadership in aviation.


The Wright B Flyer. Experience the thrill of actually flying in a replica of the Wright B Flyer at the Wright B Flyer Museum, Dayton, Ohio.