Wright Flyer closer to landing on state seal

Posted at 11:13 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 23:13:58-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The historic Wright Flyer is one step closer to landing on Ohio's state seal.

But don't get your hopes up just yet: The idea has been floated before without going anywhere.

The House State Government Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure to add the iconic airplane, considered the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft, to the Great Seal of the State of Ohio.

It's the latest effort in the Wright brothers' home state to reinforce their place in history as aviation pioneers; Ohio has been in a years-long feud with Connecticut over who took flight first.

A 2013 Connecticut law honors aviator Gustave Whitehead as flying in 1901, two years ahead of Dayton residents Orville and Wilbur Wright's famous flight off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

But a resolution that cleared Ohio's Legislature last month rejects the notion Whitehead ever flew a powered, heavier-than-air machine of his own design.

Find out a little bit more about the history behind the feud.