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NASA supports Ohio Wright Bros. monument

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — NASA says it fully supports plans to erect a huge monument to the Wright Brothers at a high-profile interstate highway interchange near their Dayton hometown. And agency officials say they will even help conduct computer testing of the monument's design.

The Dayton Daily News reports that that the monument to the powered flight pioneers at Interstate 75 and Interstate 70 has been a longtime goal of a nonprofit group that is still raising money for it.

Ray Lugo, director of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, said the agency's support will include running tests to make sure the 250-foot-tall structure will withstand severe weather.

The Wright Monument, an oversized replica of Orville and Wilbur Wright's 1905 Wright Flyer III atop a pedestal, was first proposed in 2005.

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