Wright State celebrates Wright Brothers Day

Wright Brothers Day - Thursday, October 2nd

Wright Bros performers2Wright State University will celebrate the innovative spirit of its namesakes, as well as its researchers who currently work on campus, with the fourth annual Wright Brothers Day.

Organized by the Wright State Marketing Club, a student organization, the event takes place Thursday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Student Union Atrium.

Wright Brothers Day marks the anniversary of Wilbur’s 39-minute flight on Huffman Prairie in 1905, demonstrating that the Wrights had advanced their design to the point of a practical airplane.

Through Wright Brothers Day, the Marketing Club is connecting the Wright brothers’ innovative spirit with the same spirit found on campus today. To highlight that spirit, the event will include displays featuring innovative projects from Wright State researchers and organizations.

Attendees can also learn more about the Wright brothers’ flights through a display by the Wright State Special Collections and Archives, which houses one of the most complete collections of Wright material in the world.

Wright brother impersonators Tom Benson and Roger Storm, who work at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, will also make an appearance.

Gov. John Kasich will recognize this year’s event by proclaiming Oct. 5 Wright Brothers Day in Ohio. Oct. 5 is a Sunday, so the event was moved to Oct. 2.