Ohio printed 35,000 wrong Wright Brothers license plates

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, unveiled the new “Sunrise in Ohio” license plate in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio’s new license plate failed to take off after the illustration of a banner in flight was attached to the wrong end of the Wright Brothers’ first plane. The new plate’s banner reads “Birthplace of Aviation.” The banner should have been trailing behind the plane but was attached to the front. (Jessie Balmert/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s debut of its new license plate failed to take off — because a banner depicted on the plate was attached to the wrong end of the Wright Brothers’ historic first plane, the Wright Flyer.

The new license plate illustrates rays of sunlight beaming into the sky, with a banner that reads “Birthplace of Aviation” draped across the horizon.

But the banner, which should have been trailing behind the plane, was attached to its front.

After the unveiling, Ohio officials said in a statement that they were aware of the mishap and it would be corrected to show the banner trailing the plane before Ohioans upgrade their plates.

The state printed out 35,000 of the new license plates before realizing the mistake. The corrected plates are scheduled to be released Dec. 29.

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