Published June 20, 2024

Protected: The First Aerial Circumnavigation

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Published June 14, 2024

National Aviation Heritage Area Welcomes NAHF’s 2024 Enshrinement Ceremony

The National Aviation Heritage Area is proud to support the National Aviation Hall of Fame as they host the 60th Annual Enshrinement ceremony on September 14, 2024.  The Heritage Area encourages event attendees to plan additional days in Ohio before and/or after the event to explore the region’s pivotal role in the history of aviation. […]

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Published April 30, 2024

The First Female Chinese-American Military Pilot

Despite being discriminated against based on her race and gender, Hazel Ying Lee was determined to fly. When you think of women aviators, names like Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, and Jacky Cochran probably come to mind. But have you heard of Hazel Ying Lee? In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, read […]

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Published April 2, 2024

Heritage Area Embarks on Unique Partnership to Restore Paul Laurence Dunbar House

Why would an aviation-themed Heritage Area enter a project to preserve the house of a poet? The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is the management entity of the National Aviation Heritage Area which has been created, authorized, and appropriated by Congress and administered by the National Park Service. NAHA has nearly 20 years of experience administering […]

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Published September 8, 2023

Soaring Through History: The WACO 100th Anniversary Celebration in Troy, Ohio (Sept 15-17th)

In the heart of Ohio, the City of Troy and WACO Air Museum prepare to celebrate a century of WACO aircraft. This 3-day event will bring WACO biplanes and other aircraft from across the United States and international destinations. The WACO 100th Anniversary Celebration – a Golden Fly-In takes place September 15th to 17th, and […]

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Published June 12, 2023

National Aviation Heritage Area Welcomes the 2023 FAI General Conference

The National Aviation Heritage Area is proud to support the National Aeronautical Association (NAA) as they organize the 117th General Conference of the FÉDÉRATION AÉRONAUTIQUE INTERNATIONALE in October 2023.  The Heritage Area encourages conference attendees to plan additional days in Ohio before and/or after the conference to explore the region’s pivotal role in the history […]

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Published January 26, 2023

Sister Cities: Dayton & Rushmoor

A shared love of aviation heritage and investment in aviation’s future creates a solid foundation for the sister city relationship between the City of Dayton and the Borough of Rushmoor (UK). In 2019, the City of Dayton and the Rushmoor Borough entered a formal sister city (or twinning) agreement. Since then delegations from both places […]

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Published January 19, 2023

Travel like the Wright Brothers between Dayton, OH and Kill Devil Hills, NC

Wright Route is a travel initiative between Ohio and North Carolina partners for people who want to travel in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers between the two states. From Dayton, Ohio (The Birthplace of Aviation) to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (First in Flight), Wright Route covers everything in between. Are you ready to travel […]

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Published January 17, 2023

10 Things You May Not Know About The Wright Brothers

Orville and Wilbur are legendary innovators known all around the world for good reason – they invented the airplane and taught the world to fly! As we begin another year where travel by flight will continue more than ever, we thought you might enjoy a few fun facts about the Wright Brothers. Some of these […]

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Published January 6, 2023

EV Charging Stations in the Heritage Area

As of January 2023, there are several EV charging stations at or near National Aviation Heritage Area sites. While you charge, enjoy the attractions and amenities available. Check back here as you plan your trip to and through the Heritage Area. Additional EV charging stations are planned for installation this year. Below are 4 Electric […]

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Published April 29, 2022

Flight Games in Wright Dunbar Neighborhood

You’ll find two mosaics in the Wright Dunbar Neighborhood that contain multiple games. In partnership with Culture Works, the National Park Service, and National Aviation Heritage Area, the Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton created and installed Flight Games – two aviation-themed mosaics. 1. Hopscotch at the Fifth Cycle Shop Lot -1129  W. Third St. Play […]

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Published January 31, 2022

Passport Stamps in the National Aviation Heritage Area

When my family visits a National Park or affiliated site, we stamp our arms instead of the little blue passport stamp book sold in park gift shops and online. This tradition started several years ago when my kids were really into Harry Potter. We called the stamps “our dark marks.” Now, a quick search in […]

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Published July 16, 2021

17-Day Space Celebration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

A 17-day celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 moon landing will take place from July 22 through Aug. 7 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Apollo 15 completed the fourth successful moon landing mission with an all-U.S. Air Force crew, and its Command Module is on display in […]

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Published July 1, 2021

2021 CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show

Dayton’s “Big Show” takes off next weekend! …get ready for the 2021 CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger. Headlined by the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the 2021 CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger will launch its 46th annual show next weekend on July 10th and 11th at the Dayton International […]

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Published June 7, 2021

Dayton and the Indy 500

Hawthorn Hill, located in Oakwood’s rolling, idyllic hills, has long been synonymous with the Wright family. Upon completion in 1914, Hawthorn Hill became the residence of Orville, Katharine, and their elderly father, Bishop Milton Wright, and hosted famous visitors such as Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison. John W. Stoddard, the son of Henry […]

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Published March 4, 2021

Private Pilot Ground School offered at WACO

“Sometimes, flying feels too godlike to be attained by man. Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see.” –Charles A. Lindbergh Whether you are young or old, this is a great time to consider general aviation. Join with famous aviators including Charles Lindbergh, Bessie Coleman, the […]

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Published February 23, 2021

International Association of Astronomical Artists

A new space art exhibit hosted by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, in conjunction with the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), titled “The Beauty of Space,” will open at the museum on Feb. 26, 2021. IAAA is a non-profit organization whose members implement and participate in astronomical and space art projects, […]

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Published January 25, 2021

Explore a Mars Base Camp in new National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Space Exhibit

A new interactive exhibit designed to spark imaginations by igniting the desire for space exploration and discovery, and inspire new generations of explorers to dream of the possibilities that lie ahead, will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Jan. 28-Sept. 6. The exhibit, titled “SPACE: A Journey to […]

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Published January 15, 2021

5 Success Mansions to Inspire your 2021 Style

While we are at home, staying in from the cold, we are working on home projects. For some, that means new hobbies hung proudly on the wall, for others that means boxes of materials or DIY furniture arriving on doorsteps. Big or small, here are some famous Success Mansions to help inspire your style this […]

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Published December 17, 2020

First Flight Stories

On December 17, 1903 the winds at Kitty Hawk, NC were high, but two brothers from Dayton, OH didn’t let that stop them. Orville Wright took the 1903 Wright Flyer into the air at 10:35am, Wilbur Wright helping to steady the wings. After four flights that day, the following telegram was sent home to Dayton: […]

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Published November 6, 2020

Thank You, Veterans

On May 13, 1938, an official Act made November 11th a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace. Known as “Armistice Day,” in honor of soldiers lost in World War I “The War to End all Wars,” the name was changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day” to honor American veterans […]

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Published September 30, 2020

If you can’t Fly this Fall, Do This Instead

Your plans for this fall may have changed, but that doesn’t mean you have to cancel fun. Here are just a few recommendations on how to take advantage of the amazing attractions in your backyard. 1. Take a road trip through the Birthplace of Aviation Whether it’s the Homefront to Warfront Trail or these 12 […]

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Published June 29, 2020

Sylvia Pate: Purveyor of Black History

Wright Dunbar Day is happening on July 5 from 1-6pm on the block of South Williams Street. Vendors, restaurants, food trucks, live music, museum experiences, and more will be open to the public. As part of the celebration, the 2019-2020 Dayton Skyscrapers Art Exhibit Series: An African American Visual Artists Tribute to African American Heroes […]

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Published June 22, 2020

Wright “Bee” Flyer

It’s National #PollinatorWeek and yes, we have a bee variety named “Wright Bee Flyer.” As if that isn’t amazing enough, the first written eye-witness account of the Wright brothers’ first flights wasn’t syndicated or published by a popular national paper. It was written by a beekeeper in a magazine he published for other beekeepers called […]

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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 April 10, 2020

Flight Logbooks Old and New

This story is based on a post written by Wright State University student and Special Collections & Archives researcher Brody Beaver. Not much has changed in the flight logbook since 1912. If you want proof, visit the Wright State University Special Collections and Archives and look at the 1912 logbook owned by Charles Wald. Throughout […]

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Published April 9, 2020

1929 National Women’s Air Derby

Over nine days and 2,800 miles, the best women aviators in the nation competed in a cross-country race from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland, OH. The race was called the National Women’s Air Derby of 1929, although male journalists gave it a different name – the Powder Puff Derby. Throughout the course, the aviators dealt […]

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Published March 9, 2020

The Fascinating Story of Hattie Meyers

Thanks to WACO Air Museum for this story The Weaver Aircraft Company (WACO) was formed by Buck Weaver, Clayton Bruckner, and Sam Junkin. Aviatrix Hattie Meyers was married to two of them, but it was after their deaths that she got her own aviation start. “And when the vivacious Mrs. R. S. Barnaby walked across […]

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Published February 10, 2020

First President to Fly

Since the days of George Washington, presidents have had an interest in aviation. Ballooning provided fascinating possibilities for leisure, innovation, and war. But it wasn’t until October 11, 1910 while participating in the Missouri State Republican Party’s campaign, that the first president flew in an airplane. On October 11, 1910, former President Roosevelt flew in […]

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Published February 3, 2020

Bishop Milton Wright’s 41 Diaries

Thanks to Wright State University Special Collections and Archives for this story. All 41 diaries of Bishop Milton Wright, father of the Wright Brothers, have been digitized and are freely available online, anytime, through the Wright State University Campus Online Repository, at CORE Scholar: Milton Wright Diaries. Bishop Wright chronicled the daily activities of his […]

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Published January 8, 2020

The Flying (Sisters) Stinsons

This story comes from “Home Field Advantage: A Century of Partnership between Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Dayton, Ohio, in the Pursuit of Aeronautical Excellence” Next to the Wright brothers, the Stinsons – Katherine, Marjorie, Edward, and Jack – are among the most influential siblings in American aviation history. Although they were from the […]

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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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