May 17, 2022

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What happened to plate with Wright Flyer mistake?

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The unveiling of Ohio’s newest license plate may go down as one of the biggest “ope” moments in state history.

In October, Gov. Mike DeWine revealed the “Sunrise in Ohio” plate that features a city skyline, wheat fields and a child and dog playing by a tree. It also depicted the Wright Flyer as a nod to Ohio’s place in aviation history – with a banner flying from the wrong end of the plane

The banner, which reads “Birthplace of Aviation,” was incorrectly attached to the historic plane’s smaller “elevators” at the front. The result: It appeared to be traveling backward.

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The Ohio Department of Public Safety quickly acknowledged and corrected the mistake, but not before 35,000 plates were printed with the original design.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a new Ohio license plate in October.

So, what happened to the plates?

The department planned to recycle them.

Specifically, inmates at Lebanon Correctional Institution run the misprints through a machine that chops them up, and that aluminum is recycled. That means you won’t be able to snag a collector’s item from the recycling bin.

Why not give them away?

DPS spokeswoman Lindsey Bohrer said the department didn’t consider an auction or other giveaway for the original plates.