The Wright Brothers Family Foundation story


The owner of The Wright Brothers trademark is The Wright Brothers Family Foundation, a unit of the Dayton Foundation, located in Dayton, Ohio. The Wright Brothers Family Foundation supports the preservation of aviation history related to Wilbur and Orville Wright by funding research and publication of aviation history, scholarships for studies in the fields of aviation and aeronautics, educational programming, the restoration and display of aviation artifacts, and landmarks and memorials related to the Wright brothers’ story. Established at The Dayton Foundation by Wilkinson Wright, the Wright brothers’ grandnephew, the fund today is advised by Stephen Wright and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandnephew and great-grandniece, respectively. The Wright Brothers USA, LLC, and its subsidiary The Wright Brothers Worldwide, LLC were both formed for the sole purpose of commercializing The Wright Brothers brand, trademark and logo. In essence, The Wright Brothers USA (TWBUSA) is the business agent for the foundation. TWBUSA is also our licensing arm, and has entered into an exclusive, worldwide, merchandizing and sub-licensing agreement with The Wright Brothers Family Foundation, to achieve this commercialization. The Wright Brothers Worldwide, meanwhile, handles the online store portion of the business.

A large portion of the license royalties generated by TWBUSA goes toward The Wright Brothers Family Foundation, whose focus is on preservation of Hawthorn Hill, the brothers’ family home in the Oakwood suburb of Dayton and on promoting the hometown legacy of the Wright brothers, while supporting various aviation heritage causes worldwide. Both Amanda and Steve are active ambassadors for promoting the hometown (Dayton) of their famous great uncles.