Ohio is a midwest state in the United States. It became a state in 1803. Ohio’s name comes from the Iroquois word ohi-yo which means “great river”. It’s capital city is Columbus. Even though it isn’t one of the largest states in the US, Ohio is densely populated state. It is the 34th largest state by area, but it is the 10th most populated. It may come as a surprise that Ohio is home the largest Amish population in the United States.
Ohio is filled with hard-working people from a humble state whose official state rock song is “Hang on Sloopy“. Except for one thing..
Ohio has a crazy connection to flying and space. There are so many important aviation advancements that took place in Ohio. Furthermore, Ohio has been home to a disproportionate number of astronauts. So much so, NASA has a webpage dedicated to the Ohio Astronauts. California, New York, and Florida would make sense but Ohio? When you see some of the facts, you have to ask yourself: Why oh why Ohio?
Check out some aerospace facts about Ohio:
- The Wright Brothers, the men who get credit for inventing the airplane, were from and worked in Ohio.
- Aviator, Jerrie Mock, was the first woman to fly solo around the world along with a bunch of other ‘female flying firsts’. Mock was one cool lady.
- Ohio is the birthplace of many US astronauts including the first American to orbit Earth, John Glenn, and the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong. In total, 25 astronauts were either born in Ohio or raised in Ohio. Ohio is home to the most astronauts per capita!
- Astronauts from Ohio have flown most of NASA’s major human space flight programs.
- B-52 Bomber was designed in a hotel room in Dayton, OH.
- Edward “Eddie” Rickenbacker, America’s most successful fighter ace in World War 1 (originally known as the Great War), was born in Ohio.
- Superman, Man of Steel, was raised in Ohio!