During World War II, Cleveland was a center of war production, and much of this was aviation related. Subsequently, renovations of the Cleveland Municipal Airport created Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. A scene of thriving airline operations to this day, Cleveland’s business community was quick to appreciate the advantages of corporate aviation, which remains a daily feature of Cleveland’s aviation life.
Wilbur and Orville Wright succeeded in the first manned heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk NC in December 1903. Cleveland, Ohio, founded in 1796 at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, is the state's metropolis on Lake Erie. World War II was fought between the Allies and the Axis powers between 1939 and 1945.