Wright Brothers relative to speak in Troy

Staff report


TROY — The great-grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Amanda Wright-Lane, will present “Just Brothers” at the WACO Air Museum, 1865 S. county Road 25A, Troy, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Wright-Lane will speak to the ordinary, yet extraordinary, relationship these two Midwest brothers had that led to the invention of the aero plane.

As a Wright family spokesperson, Wright-Lane consults with researchers and academics who are working to preserve the legacy of the Wright Brothers, gives lectures on her family’s history and works with community leaders in both North Carolina and Ohio to raise awareness of the two national parks in the United States dedicated to telling the story of the Wright Brothers. Wright-Lane is a trustee of the Wright Brothers Family Foundation of the Dayton Foundation. It supports the preservation of aviation history related to the lives of the Wright Brothers. Since its inception in 1990, the Wright Family Foundation has donated approximately $2 million to aviation-related organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

Wright-Lane serves on the boards of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, Wright Image Group, Wright B Flyer, Inc. and the First Flight Foundation in North Carolina. Additionally, she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the advisory council of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. She also serves on the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council, helping to plan for the state’s role in expanding aviation and aerospace activity within Ohio.

She was named one of Dayton’s Top Ten Women in the year 2005 and received the Ivonette Wright Miller Award for volunteerism in the field of aviation/aerospace from the National Aviation Heritage Alliance in 2008. In 2017, she was recognized by the greater Dayton YWCA as a Woman of Influence for her work as an international aviation and aerospace ambassador. She also received the Public Service Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for “outstanding contributions to the aeronautics industry on national and international levels and for dedicated efforts to preserve aviation history through education and outreach.”

For information, call 937-335-9226 or visit www.wacoairmuseum.org.


Staff report