We all know that no matter what some *other* states may claim, Dayton is the true birthplace of aviation. From the Wright Brother’s bicycle shop to Neil Armstrong’s hometown of Wapakoneta, we are the cradle of flight and everything that follows.
Here are 4 ways you can celebrate Dayton’s aviation heritage.
The best and the brightest in aviation come out each summer to the Dayton International Airport to see everything from WWII planes, to the latest in combat air machines.
With events, walk-throughs, and even a designated kids’ area, this is one weekend you don’t want to miss.
Now with four hangars, the AF Museum is free of charge and a wonderful resource on the history of aviation, period.
Several planes (including an Air Force One previously used for President Kennedy) allow self-guided walk-throughs and educational stations throughout each hangar help bring the majesty of modern flight to your fingertips.
3.) Carillon Park
Carillon Park helps tell the history of Dayton in an accessible and hyper-realistic way, from the Great Flood to modern technological advances.
The Wright Brothers Aviation Center includes the Wright Hall and the Wright Cycle Company building, telling the story of the Wright brothers and showcasing their original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane and a National Historical Landmark. The center is one of the sites of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.
The National Aviation Heritage Area is guided by the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, a private, not for profit corporation designated by Congress as the management entity of the heritage area. It seeks to conserve, interpret, develop, and promote the historic resources of the National Aviation Heritage Area. The vision of the Alliance is to make the Dayton region the recognized global center of aviation heritage and premier destination for aviation heritage tourism, sustaining the legacy of the Wright brothers.