The Wright Brothers Aeroplane Co. is considering making Montgomery, Ala., the permanent home for a Wright Brothers exhibit that recreates the birth of aviation between 1899 and 1905.
Nick Engler, director of the company, said the idea is to build a 20,000-square-foot museum in a city that has some connection to the history of aviation. The museum would house all six of the aircraft the company has replicated, and would feature a webcasting studio so the museum could connect in real-time with different schools and organizations all over the world.
The Wright brothers opened the nation’s first civilian flying school in Montgomery in 1910. In 1922, the flight school’s location became Maxwell Field. The Wright Brothers Aeroplane Co., based in Dayton, Ohio, is the only agency that builds and flies Wright aircraft, Engler said. They travel all over the United States and Canada showing parts of the exhibit at events, museums and schools.
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