The Professor of the Propeller

The Professor of the Propeller (HM1A1H)

Location: Dayton, OH 45426 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 45.367', W 84° 12.85'

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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

The Wright brothers were the first experimenters to understand that a propeller for a flying machine had to work differently from a ship's screws. The first Wright Flyer used 8-foot-long wooden propellers that the brothers hand-carved from spruce.

In this laboratory during World War I, Orville Wright designed special poplar propellers for the Dayton Wright Company's Bug - a 530-poung pilotless biplane designed to carry explosives over enemy lines, crash, and explode.

This Site
For the Centennial of Flight in 2003, Bank One (Chase Bank) donated this site to the Dayton Heritage Commission.

This Bronze Statue
In 2003 John and Marna Bosch commissioned Bill Wolfe of Terre Haute, Indiana to created a bronze tribute to Orville Wright. Working with the Boschs, Wolfe wanted to acknowledge Orville Wright's lasting aeronautical engineering legacy by recalling his work with the propeller.

(Inscription under the photo in the upper right side of the marker)
1918 Dayton Wright Bug
HM NumberHM1A1H
Year Placed2004
Placed ByBank One
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 6:33pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 738659 N 4404401
Decimal Degrees39.75611667, -84.21416667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 45.367', W 84° 12.85'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 45' 22.02" N, 84° 12' 51.00" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15 N Broadway St, Dayton OH 45426, US
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