Welcome to Week 9 of Mystery Mondays. The answer to Week Eight’s Mystery Photo is: Orville Wright’s statue as part of the full scale stainless steel replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1905 flyer at RiverScape MetroPark‘s Dayton Inventors River Walk in Downtown Dayton. I took this photo on February 1, 2016.
We congratulate our randomly drawn winner Heather Leppla of McPherson Town! Rapid Fired Pizza certificates are coming your way!
Here’s some information about the 1905 Wright Flyer replica from Five Rivers MetroParks.
The full scale stainless steel replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1905 flyer, the one in which Orville claimed the brothers really learned to fly, was created for RiverScape by Alabama artist Larry Godwin. The flyer is poised in mid-take-off with Wilbur at the controls and Orville looking over his shoulder at his brother from the ground. Wilbur and Orville owned a bicycle shop during the time they developed their flying machine, and it was the box for a bicycle tube that led to their success where others had failed. Wilbur held the small rectangular box, open at each end, and twisted it. In that movement he imagined “wing-warping,” the concept they applied to control the plane in the air. A series of quotes in the pavement beneath the flyer reveal the brothers’ consuming fascination with flight and their unbending persistence that led to their success as the inventors of the heavier-than-air flying machine.
We challenge you to tell us where in the Dayton area this photo was taken by filling out the form below. We’ll do a random drawing from all those with a correct answer and the winner will get 2 pizzas from Rapid Fired Pizza.
We’ll post the winner next Monday with details about the photo as well as a new photo to challenge your knowledge of the Dayton area.
Thanks for playing and good luck!
Here’s our Mystery Photo for Week Nine: