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The Wright Company


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Provides a fascinating window into the legendary Wright Company, its place in Dayton, its management struggles, and its effects on early U.S. aviation.

Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • One: "We Will Devote...Our Time to Experimental Work"
    Creating the Wright Company
  • Two: Bringing an Aeroplane Factory to Dayton
  • Three: "A Substantial, Commodious, Thoroughly Modern Factory"
    The Wright Company Enters the Market
  • Four: "Our Machines Are Sold on Their Merits"
    Patents, Profits, and Controversy
  • Five: World Records for Wright Aviators
    The Exhibition Department
  • Six: To Change or Not to Change
    Creating New Airplanes and New Pilots
  • Seven: Turning Buyer Attention the Company Way
  • Eight: Managing the Wrights' Company
  • Nine: "It Is Something I Have Wanted to Do for Many Months"
    Exit Orville
  • EpilogueThe Wright Company's Legacy
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

About the Author

Edward J. Roach is a historian at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Ohio.


"The book explores the one area of the career of the Wright brothers that remains least well known. It casts new light on the business career of the Wright brothers, and on the history of the Wright Company and the men who led it.... Taken as a whole, the book offers a concise and readable history of an important topic that has received all too little attention." Tom D. Crouch, Senior Curator, Aeronautics, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, and author of The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright

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