Wright Flight Fight: North Carolina Trolls Ohio Over Commemorative License Plate Error

by Brianna Vacca
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Do you remember playing spot the difference as a kid? Now, here’s your chance to play it again! Right idea, wrong design, perhaps?

North Carolina trolls Ohio after the latest license plate fail. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced and then recalled the design for their newest license plate. Awkward. Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio BMV Registrar Charlie Norman didn’t catch a mistake when revealing their plans for the new license plate. Unfortunately, they were met with a lot of backlashes after tweeting the design.

The license plate is set to honor Dayton, Ohio’s Orville and Wilbur Wright; the two American aviation pioneers accredited with building and flying the world’s first airplane. This is the first license plate change in eight years for the “Sunshine in Ohio” plate. Furthermore, the license plate hosts references to the state seal, cities and rural areas, and the birthplace of aviation. However, the problem aligns with the birthplace of aviation. Overall, the plate’s goal is to reminiscence on the past of Ohio while thinking about the future.

Now, when you take a look at the following license plate, can you see what is wrong with it? It may take a few seconds but take a good close look at the plane at the top of the plate. Do you remember anything about the history of Wright’s plane?

The announcement says, “This morning Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio BMV Registrar Charlie Norman unveiled Ohio’s new standard license plate. The new plate will be available to drivers starting Dec. 29. Ohio last updated its standard license plate design in 2013.”

The Failed “Sunshine in Ohio” Plate

Now, take a look at the corrected plate. The banner is hanging off of the plane from the wrong side. Consequently, later on in the day, another tweet was posted correcting the mistake.

The Ohio BMV, “We are aware that the plane on the new Ohio license plate unveiled this morning was oriented in the wrong direction. We regret this mistake and have fixed the image. This is the correct design that will be reflected on all new plates issued to Ohio drivers.”

Congratulations to those who noticed the spot the difference right away.

North Carolina Chimes In

Of course, North Carolina added their two cents to the debacle. Understandably, North Carolina’s response and participation are only reasonable as The Wright Brothers took off in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina for the very first time on December 17th, 1903.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says, “Y’all leave Ohio alone. They wouldn’t know. They weren’t there. #FirstInFlight.”

Expert Alex Heckman at the Wright Brothers National Museum says that this mistake happens all of the time. He says, “This happens all the time. People mistake the front of the plane for the back. That’s the heart of the problem. The designer thought they were designing it so the banner was flying out the back, but it’s actually the other way.”

Ohio’s new license plate will be out on December 29th.

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