Charles Furnas 1880- 1941

Charles Furnas 1880- 1941 (HM1PCL)

Location: West Milton, OH 45383 Miami County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 58.004', W 84° 19.72'

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In 1908, West Milton native Charles Furnas
worked as a machinist in Dayton doing
odd jobs for the Wright Brothers, the
inventors of the first practical airplane.
At that time the U.S. Army had agreed
to purchase an aircraft from the Wright
Brothers provided it would carry a pilot and a
passenger. Furnas worked with the brothers to
adapt their plane. On May 14, 1908, he flew first
with Wilbur and then with Orville, becoming the
world's first airplane passenger.

side B

Following the test flights in 1908, the
Wright Brothers engaged Charles Furnas
full time. As the first person hired to
build airplanes, he was the first employee
in what would become the aerospace
industry. He worked with Orville and
Wilbur to develop "Signal Corps No. I," America's
first military aircraft and the beginning of the
U.S. Air Force. He left employment with the
Wright Brothers to start a garage in West Milton,
but remained friends. Orville attended his funeral
in 1941.
Marker Number31- 55
Year Placed2008
Placed ByPaul G. Duke Foundation Hale Sarver Funeral Home West Milton Chamber of Commerce The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, November 16th, 2015 at 1:06pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 728149 N 4427482
Decimal Degrees39.96673333, -84.32866667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 58.004', W 84° 19.72'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 58' 0.24" N, 84° 19' 43.2" W
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Area Code(s)937
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-40 Cemetery Rd, West Milton OH 45383, US
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