Published January 18, 2023

Congress Passes Landmark Legislation for National Aviation Heritage Area

  Dayton, Ohio – The National Heritage Area Act (S. 1942) has been signed into law enabling the National Aviation Heritage Area in Southwest Ohio to continue its long-term support of the region and Ohio’s rich aviation and aerospace heritage. The bill was passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a bi-partisan vote of 326-95 […]

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Published December 5, 2022

Montgomery County (City of Dayton) selected as one of 19 American World War II Heritage City Designations

Today at 12pm the National Park Service announced the designation of Montgomery County (City of Dayton), Ohio as an American World War II Heritage City. Montgomery County (City of Dayton) is the only designation in the State of Ohio, and it joins only 17 other communities across the United States that received this designation today. […]

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Published June 16, 2020

Dayton Walk of Fame 2020 Class to include local Medal of Honor Recipient

The Walk of Fame induction class of 2020 offers a first-class mix of individuals with outstanding achievements in the categories of Arts, Culture, Education, Invention, Science, Military, Community Service, Significant Personal Achievement, Entertainment, Media and Philanthropy. “We have another year of outstanding inductees,” said Harry Seifert, president and CEO of Wright Dunbar, Inc. “They are […]

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Published July 25, 2019

Aviation heritage on display at AirVenture

OSHKOSH, Wis.—The National Aviation Heritage Area is on display this week at AirVenture 2019, the world’s biggest fly-in, thanks to the National Park Service and NAHA partners. The Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA’s) AirVenture 2019 fly-in convention and air show opened Monday, July 22 and runs through Sunday, July 28 at Wittman Regional Airport. The weeklong annual […]

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Published June 27, 2019

UK's Rushmoor newest Dayton Sister City

The City of Dayton welcomed the United Kingdom’s Borough of Rushmoor as its newest Dayton Sister City Saturday, June 22, in a ceremony at the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger. Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph and Rushmoor Borough Council Leader David Clifford signed the agreement. “I was very pleased with the visit from […]

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Published June 10, 2019

Sen. Brown, others commemorate Apollo 11

U. S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio last week joined with other members of the Senate and House to introduce a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The Apollo 11 mission was the spaceflight in which the first two people, including Ohio native Neil Armstrong, walked on the moon. Brown […]

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Published June 3, 2019

2019 Aviation Writers Summit draws journalists

DAYTON, Ohio—Aviation and travel journalists from around the United States got a heavy dose of aviation heritage last week in the National Aviation Heritage Area’s 2019 Aviation Writers Summit. From Wednesday through Friday, May 29-31, prominent aviation magazine editors and freelance travel writers took an immersive tour of the aviation heritage sites within the Area […]

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Published May 3, 2019

House panel weighs heritage area reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D. C.—A House natural resources subcommittee heard testimony from National Aviation Heritage Area officials on Tuesday, April 31, as it weighed a bill to reauthorize the Heritage Area. NAHA Chair Ted Prasse addressed the subcommittee in support of a bipartisan effort to renew authorization of the Heritage Area for seven years. Its current 15-year […]

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Published April 25, 2019

Amanda Wright Lane to receive honorary degree from Wright State

Note: Amanda Wright Lane is a volunteer trustee for the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. Reprinted with permission by Wright State University. By Bob Mihalek | Published April 24, 2019 Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of Wilbur and Orville Wright, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wright State University at spring commencement. The university’s graduation ceremony begins […]

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Published March 18, 2019

Learn about D-Day anniversary events

Updated March 19, 2019. The 75th anniversary of D-Day is to be the focus of several special events in the National Aviation Heritage Area. The National Museum of the U. S. Air Force, the Air Force Museum Foundation, Grimes Field Municipal Airport in Urbana and the WACO Air Museum in Troy are planning special programs and […]

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Published March 14, 2019

Support for Wright Flyer on Great Seal of Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio—An Ohio House panel has taken up a new bill in the latest effort to add an image of a Wright Flyer to the Great Seal of Ohio. On Wednesday, March 13, the House State and Local Government Committee heard testimony on House Bill 42 from several proponents, including a member of the Wright family and the […]

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Published January 30, 2019

Aviation Heritage events—2019

Here are major events scheduled by our partners in the National Aviation Heritage Area in 2019. We will update this list as new events are scheduled, changed or canceled. This list doesn’t include the many monthly and regular programs by our partners, so be sure to check their websites to see what they have coming […]

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Published January 28, 2019

Dayton's national park reopens

Dayton, Ohio —Dayton’s national park reopens this week as staff of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park resumed regular operations. Please visit for updated information about the park and its public operating hours. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is fortunate to have many supportive partners, Superintendent Kendell Thompson said in a statement. “I appreciate all […]

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Published January 25, 2019

Some Dayton National Park sites open during shutdown

The partial U.S. government shutdown has impacted Dayton’s national park, but some units remain open because they are operated by other entities. Dayton History, a private, non-profit entity recognized as the official historical organization for Montgomery County, owns and operates two units of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. They include the John W. […]

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Published January 10, 2019

NAHA supports National Museum's Family Fun Day

DAYTON—The National Aviation Heritage Area will support the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the National Museum of the United States Air Force at a Science, Discovery and Family Fun Day on Sunday, Jan. 13. Ohio Governor-Elect Mike DeWine and his wife Fran will join Maj. Gen. William Cooley, Air Force Research Laboratory Commander, at […]

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