Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Consider the lilies of the field" & free ice cream!

Past weekend was the Aviation Festival for Wright Memorial and Huffman Prairie Flying Field in Dayton, Ohio:

Sign at the prairie points out the Wrights chose Huffman's prairie for their flight tests because they recalled visiting the field for their high school botany classes:

Close up title on the sign points out Orville Wright attended Central High School, a public not a private religious school:

However, the sign elides over the fact that neither Orville nor Wilbur graduated high school let alone college, from David Langley 's "Wright Brothers Biographical Overview":

"The Wrights’ last child and only surviving daughter, Katharine, was born in 1874. After attending the Dayton public schools, she attended Oberlin College, where she majored in Greek and Latin. She was—in fact—the only Wright sibling to graduate college. "

To independently corroborate, Wright papers are in Wright State University Archives  where the kept the Wrights' old report cards proving they passed their Botany class:

(FYI Archives are also where you can get your Wilbear Wright passport validated).

Close up of Orville's public school botany science paper with a quote from Matthew vi 28,29 along the side: 

"Consider the lilies of the field ....

...even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these":

I suspect the ACLU 's collective heads would spin, projectile vomit, then implode at the thought of American public schools printing Bibles verses on their science papers today.

Mr. Huffman, the owner of the field, didn't have a problem with the Wright brothers borrowing his field as long as they didn't scare the horses:

Dayton boosters hosted an ice cream social at the Wright Memorial Interpretive Center. I liked the Cherry better than the Vanilla, lessons learned:

Here's a highly motivated cyclist who actually biked all the way up to the top (whereas I, the slacker, had to get off and push my bike up most of the hill):

More happy people enjoying ice cream:

Finally, the generous volunteers from the Aviation Trail who hosted the ice cream social:

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