Wright brothers sculpture to be relocated in Dayton

Wright Flyer III will be located at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and West Third Street.

The Montgomery County commissioners on Tuesday approved relocating a large sculpture honoring the Wright brothers that was moved from RiverScape MetroPark a couple years ago.

The Wright Flyer III statue will be on the southwest corner of Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and West Third Street.

“Once the properties are prepared, the sculpture will be moved to that location, be elevated, properly lit, with benches located around its perimeter,” Montgomery County spokeswoman Deb Decker said. “The county commissioners believe this is a worthwhile investment, will further enhance the area and honor the contributions of the Wright brothers.”

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The three county commissioners approved a $308,000 for the new spot. The new area was located after work from various county departments, officials said Tuesday during the commission meeting.

Two parcels of land were transferred to the county from the City of Dayton, Decker said, and one parcel will be transferred to the county next week from Wright-Dunbar. The statue will be illuminated so people can see it at night, and the project will be completed either later this year or early next year.

The statue was on display in downtown Dayton on East Monument Avenue for about two decades before it was removed. The land it was previously on was sold and developed. It has been in in storage since its removal.

The artwork depicts the Wright brothers’ first flight with the 1905 Wright Flyer III.

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The 5,000-pound sculpture is a stainless steel and aluminum model, and the display also features bronze statues of Wilbur Wright at the controls and Orville Wright running alongside the plane.

The real, historic Wright Flyer III is on display at Carillon Historical Park.

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