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With events, walk-throughs, and even a designated kids’ area, this is one weekend you don’t want to miss.
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2.) The National Air Force Museum
An overhead interior view of the fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The fourth building includes more than 70 aircraft in four new galleries – Presidential, Research & Development, Space and Global Reach. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken LaRock)
Now with four hangars, the AF Museum is free of charge and a wonderful resource on the history of aviation, period.
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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.
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3.) Carillon Park
Dayton History president and CEO Brady Kress with an original 1905 Wright Flyer III in a building at Carillon Park designed by Orville Wright. This airplane was flown at Huffman Prairie by the Wrights and is considered the first practical airplane as it was controlled in climb, descent, turn and bank in ever increasing duration. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Carillon Park helps tell the history of Dayton in an accessible and hyper-realistic way, from the Great Flood to modern technological advances.
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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.
4.) Dayton National Aviation Heritage Park
The Showroom area of the Wright Cycle Company on Williams Street. President Barack Obama proposes cutting funding to the National Park Service’s Heritage Areas by $11 million. It’s not clear how that would impact the National Aviation Heritage Area in southwest Ohio, which includes the Wright Cycle shop. JIM WITMER / STAFF
Credit: Jim Witmer
Credit: Jim Witmer
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.
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