1932 to 1948
November 19, 1932
Orville attends dedication of Kill Devil Hill National Memorial honoring the Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk.
April 16, 1938
Wright brothers' home and bicycle shop, moved from Dayton to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, are dedicated as a memorial to the Wrights.
December 1, 1939
Wilbur and Orville's brother Lorin Wright dies in Dayton.
1903 Wright airplane on exhibit at the Science Museum in London dismantled and packed away for safekeeping during World War II.
August 19, 1940
Wilbur and Orville Wright Memorial in Dayton and near Huffman Prairie, is dedicated.
October 24, 1942
Smithsonian Institution publishes The 1914 Tests of the Langley "Aerodrome," a brochure that apologizes for and retracts former statements about the precedence of the Langley machine, marking end of the Smithsonian-Wright controversy.
Orville builds cypher machine for automatic selective coding of messages.
January 30, 1948
Orville dies of heart attack in Dayton.
November 22, 1948
1903 airplane arrives from the Science Museum in London and is delivered to Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Plane is formally presented to Smithsonian in a ceremony on December 17.