Ohio Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, is scheduled Friday to trek to Huffman Prairie Flying Field where Orville and Wilbur Wright perfected the airplane to present a proclamation declaring the Dayton duo first to fly in powered flight. The Wright brothers first took to the air Dec. 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Perales introduced the resolution in the legislature, which passed in late 2015.
The latest declaration was meant to repudiate Connecticut’s claims Gustave Whitehead flew Aug. 14, 1901, beating the Wrights in the race to the skies by two years. Connecticut officials honored Gustave at a ceremony Monday in Bridgeport.