State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) has introduced legislation that would add a representation of the Wright Brothers’ first piloted airplane to the Coat of Arms and the state seal.

If enacted, House Bill 370, which Perales unveiled last week, would add the first piloted airplane flown by Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1903 just to the left of the sun on the Great Seal of the State of Ohio.

“House Bill 370 presents an opportunity for us to depict an aspect of society so vital not only to Ohio but the entire globe: aviation,” Perales said. “We should be proud of our heritage and embrace one of the most important innovations in human history. What a better way to honor this achievement than by memorializing it on our Great Seal.”

The primary inspiration for the legislation is to further emphasize Ohio’s distinction as the birthplace of aviation, as well as support the state’s rich aviation and aerospace heritage.

HB 370 will be vetted in the House State and Local Government Committee.

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