Dave Lightle CEO and co-founder The Wright Brothers USA

The Wright Brothers USA co-founder and CEO, David Lightle

It is with great sadness that we share this unfortunate news:

The Wright Brothers USA co-founder and CEO, David Lightle, passed away this weekend, August 27. Dave was in China, sharing the timeless Wright brothers story, following-up on museum projects, and building support in Asia for The Wright Brothers Family Foundation.

A friend and fan of aviation heritage and the aviation community, Dave’s passion for the courage and the inventive spirit of Wilbur and Orville Wright will be deeply missed.

We continue to be fully committed to ensuring the realization of Dave’s vision for The Wright Brothers brand.

—Kenneth Botts & Doug Knopp, co-founders


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