🎵Way to go, Ohio.🎵
A new license plate unveiled by Buckeye State Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday had a little problem. The Wright Brothers plane was flying backwards.
The “Birthplace of Aviation” banner streaming from the Wright Brothers’ plane flying atop the new design of what will become Ohio’s standard license plate is attached to the front of the plane, not the back.
And the internet wasted little time in noting the mistake.
— NCDOT (@NCDOT) October 21, 2021
A lot of chatter right now about what appears to be a mistake on the new Ohio license plate…
— Trevor Peters (@TrevorPetersTV) October 21, 2021
Not a model, that’s the real Wright Flyer at The Smithsonian that flew in Kill Devil Hills. But leave it to Ohio to get it backwards. https://t.co/YpFm13WQx9
— Sam Walker OBX Today🎙📻📰 (@SamWalkerOBX) October 21, 2021
DeWine said showing off a new license plate was “one of the fun parts of being governor.” Have to wonder if that was still true when people noticed the, uh, Wrong Flyer. https://t.co/HD3p8MMRa4
— Ohio Politics (@Ohio_Politics) October 21, 2021
News Five Cleveland reports the new “Sunrise in Ohio” design draws heavily from the state seal, but at the top of the plate is an element inspired by a previous plate: an illustration of the Wright Brothers’ historic plane, which made its first flight at Big Kill Devil Hill on Dec. 17, 1903.
In the Wright Brothers’ design, the plane’s elevators are on the front of the plane, not the back, as they would be in future plane designs.
The banner reading “Birthplace of Aviation” – recognizing Ohio as the Wright Brothers’ home state – streamed out from the plane as if it was behind it, but was actually attached to the front.
Shortly after the mistake was pointed out, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles said, “Our bad.”