Ohio Bill Would Add Historic Wright Flyer to Ohio Seal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio lawmaker who has led the fight against Connecticut’s claim that another aviator beat the Wright brothers as first in flight now wants the Wright Flyer emblazoned on Ohio’s state seal.

It’s not clear whether the bill state Rep. Rick Perales introduced last month will fly. The idea of adding the historic plane to the rustic scene pictured on The Great Seal of the State of Ohio has been floating around since 1998.

The Republican is from a suburb of Dayton, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s hometown. He says the suggested change is “part of the larger picture” of promoting Ohio’s ingenuity and aerospace industry.

Perales also championed a still-pending resolution repudiating Connecticut’s claim after that state passed a law suggesting another aviator beat the Wrights as first in flight.