Embarrassing Ohio “First in Flight” License plate blunder

Posted By on October 24, 2021

When your state takes pride in home of the Wright Brother’s and their “First in Flight” Wright B Flyer, you’ve got to at least get the flying direction correct.  (Thanks for the link, Drew!) 

Ohio had to change the design of its new license plate because of an error discovered after it had already had 35,000 of them made.

The new “Sunrise in Ohio” license plate was unveiled Thursday by Gov. Mike DeWine and officials from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Right away, people noticed an error: A plane that was meant to be towing a banner that reads “Birthplace of Aviation” — a reference to Dayton’s Wright Brothers — is actually pushing the banner. That is, the banner is streaming out from the front of the plane.

The confusion arises from the design of the 1903 Wright Flyer. The “elevators,” which change the craft’s pitch, were on a frame attached to the front of the plane. On a modern plane, fins with a similar function — elevators and stabilizers — are generally on the tail.

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