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Kent State Hosts Amanda Wright Lane, Great Grandniece of the Wright Brothers (09/11/2009)


Kent State University's The Flying Black Squirrels Chapter of Women in Aviation International and NASA Glenn Research Center presents Amanda Wright Lane for a talk on aviation. The great grandniece of the Wright brothers will speak on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the university's Governance Chambers located on the second floor of the Kent Student Center in Kent, Ohio. Lane's appearance is one of the many centennial celebration events planned throughout the academic year to mark the 100th anniversary of Kent State's founding.

Her speech is titled "The Wright Brothers Legacy: Yesterday and Today." A passionate supporter of aviation and Ohio's aviation history, Lane will discuss the achievements of her famous relatives and aviation pioneers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, and why their story is relevant today. She also will talk about the importance of aviation to the state and country.

"Not only will Amanda Wright Lane look back at her famous family's contribution to aviation history, but she will speak on how the Wrights saw the future of aviation," said Maureen McFarland, academic program director of aeronautics and assistant professor at Kent State's College of Technology. "She is a wonderful speaker who reminds us about the aviation and aerospace treasures we have in Ohio and the role they can play with future opportunities."

A Cincinnati native, Lane is a trustee for the Wright Family Foundation of the Dayton Foundation. It supports the preservation of aviation history related to the lives of the Wright brothers by funding projects that include research and publication of early aviation history, scholarships for studies in the fields of aviation and aeronautics, educational programming, the restoration and display of aviation artifacts, and the development of landmarks and memorials related to the Wrights' story.

She is actively involved with the National Aviation Hall of Fame and Aviation Trail Incorporated. As a Wright family spokesperson, Lane consults with researchers and academics who are working to preserve the legacy of the Wright brothers, gives lectures on her family's history and works with state officials in both Ohio and North Carolina to raise awareness for the two national parks in the United States dedicated to telling the story of the Wright brothers. She has received numerous awards, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautic's 2008 Public Service Award and the 2008 Ivonette Wright Miller Award from the National Aviation Heritage Alliance.

NASA Glenn Research Center is co-sponsoring the event with the university. "We have a partnership with Kent State, and we often work together on a broad array of collaborations," said Robert Shaw, chief of new business and partnership office for NASA Glenn Research Center. "This is a wonderful example of our two organizations coming together to bring a great speaker like Amanda Wright Lane to our region."

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact McFarland at or 330-672-9867.


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Media Contacts:
Maureen McFarland,, 330-672-9867
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595


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