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FIRST FLIGHT FIGHT
Ohio congressman pushes national parks funding for Wright Brothers' airplane factory
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, November 3, 2013 11:51 AM EST
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.
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.