Wright Airplane Company

From Ohio History Central

Orville and Wilbur Wright formed the Wright Company in 1909 to manufacture airplanes. Initially, Wilbur Wright served as president of the company and Orville Wright as one of two vice-presidents. The Wright brothers' first flight had occurred on December 17, 1903. In the first few years after this flight, they found that most people in the United States were skeptical about airplanes. The United States government was not willing to invest money in their venture originally. After making numerous improvements to their airplane designs and spending time in Europe doing flight demonstrations, that initial skepticism disappeared. The United States government ordered a number of planes from the Wrights, as did some European governments. The two brothers had been building airplanes on a small scale until this point, and they determined that they would have to form a company and build a factory in order to fill all of the orders that they had received.

When Wilbur Wright died of typhoid fever in 1912, Orville Wright took over as president of the company. In 1915, the business merged with another aircraft builder, the Glenn L. Martin Company. The company became known as the Wright-Martin Company. This merger only lasted for about a year.

See Also


  1. Ann, Deines. Wilbur and Orville Wright: A Handbook of Facts. Washington, PA: Eastern National, 2001.