Ohio made 35,000 Wright Brothers license plates with a big mistake

This handout photo shows Ohio's new "Sunrise in Ohio" license plate design, which has an error in the image of the Wright Brothers plane and banner. (Via of Governor's Office)

Ohio printed out 35,000 new license plates before realizing a banner depicted on the plate was attached to the wrong end of the Wright Brothers' historic first plane, the Wright Flyer.

State officials acknowledged the error immediately after the new plates were unveiled on Thursday, releasing a photo of the corrected plate. But a state spokesperson said on Friday that 35,000 plates were already printed, WBN. reported.

"We will recycle the 35,000 plates that had been printed. It is too early to know about if there will be any additional cost," said Lindsey Bohrer, assistant director of communications with the Ohio Department of Public Safety. 

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The new license plate illustrates both the rural and urban parts of Ohio 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.

The corrected plates are scheduled to be released on Dec. 29.


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (at lectern) helps unveil the state's new license plate, Oct. 21, 2021. (Via Governor's Office)