THE WRIGHT BROTHERS AND THE BIRTH OF AN INDUSTRY
Return and Recognition
As a result of their triumphal European demonstration, as well as Orville’s spectacular flying at Ft. Myer, the United States belatedly recognized the accomplishments of the brothers. While the Wrights were in Europe, plans were made by the U.S. federal government, the State of Ohio and the City of Dayton to honor the brothers, on their return. Approaching Dayton on the morning of May 13,1909, the Wrights hoped for a quiet reunion with their family.