Jiabeicum Discovery Expedition child behind wheel

David Lightle’s international vision continues; The Wright Brothers USA hosts Discovery Expedition.

Chinese students touring Dayton as part of The Wright Brothers Family Foundation international reach.

The Wright Brothers USA are hosts for Discovery Expedition, a group of Chinese students touring Dayton for a first hand aviation heritage experience. Seventeen Chinese students with Jiabeicun Education Technology, Ltd., based in Shenzhen, China, are touring Dayton as part of an educational field trip across the United States. The group, children ages 7-11, will also study in Viroqua, WI., Minneapolis, MN., and San Francisco, CA., with a camping trip in Yellowstone, Badlands, and Wind Cave National Parks thrown in for good measure.

Their Dayton experience is everything aviation—Wright Brothers Aviation Center at Carillon Historical Park, WACO Air Museum & Historic WACO Field, Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and Wright Cycle Company, Wright Company, Huffman Prairie Interpretive Center and Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and National Museum of the United States Air Force.

“Immerse the kids in the rich history of the Wright brothers, so they might gain inspiration from the legacy of Dayton’s favorite sons,” says local host Doug Knopp, creative director and partner of The Wright Brothers USA. “First hand they see invention, innovation, ingenuity, perseverance, resilience, and the other qualities that so framed the Wright brothers place in world history. They changed the world forever with their invention of the airplane.”

Tristan, with Jiabeicun Education Technology Ltd, agrees. “The U.S. is the leader, on a global stage, in aviation. Our students are getting more than what we could normally find in a book or watch on TV. It’s the perfect combination of learning about the American innovative spirit and aviation heritage.”

Why Dayton? “The Wright brothers, in China, are names in history,” claims Tristan. “When it happened (the first flights) it was only news. But to see the museums here, to actually stand in front of the camera that took the first picture of the first flight in 1903, that’s a real example of the great heritage.

“I can see how the Wright brothers are revitalizing the interest in aviation for Dayton. There is so much to observe.”

This trip was all made possible by the vision of David Lightle, co-founder of The Wright Brothers USA, who passed away August 28th while he was in China working on educational missions and building support in Asia for The Wright Brothers Family Foundation.

The Wright Brothers Family Foundation supports the preservation of aviation history related to Wilbur and Orville Wright by promoting aviation education and aviation heritage causes worldwide. Royalties generated by The Wright Brothers USA goes toward benefiting The Wright Brothers Family Foundation.

  • Students arrive at the airport
  • Students visit the Interpretive Center
  • Students watch Penauld helicopter in flight
  • Wright Cycle Company
  • Wright Flyer III
  • Orville Wright with bicycle
  • Young Chinese student with Orville's bicycle
  • WACO plane with father and son
  • Students in front of WACO plane
  • Students in cockpit WACO