September 10, 2016 - Aero Carnival

See below on this page for a photo slide show fom the 2016 event.

The National Park Service's AERO CARNIVAL was held at Huffman Prairie on Saturday, September 10, 2016.  This free event included a multitude of activities throughout the day, from 10:30 to 1:30.

Visitors enjoyed the many displays and activities at the Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival on the field where Wilbur and Orville Wright developed the world’s first practical airplane. Through activities and displays the Aero Carnival provides a glimpse back into the time of the Wrights. It also provides a look at the history of aviation. Participants experienced the past, present and the future of aviation and aeronautical research. The weather was warm, breezy and enjoyable in the morning and early afternoon, but with the threat of heavy thunderstorms and stronger winds predicted for mid-afternoon, the displays were shut down at 1:30 and the event was concluded a bit early for the sake of safety. But a good crowd of visitors was still able to fully enjoy a busy day of events.


Huffman Prairie Flying Field in located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with access through Gate 16A off of State Route 444. The event is sponsored by Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and by the 88th Air Base Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. For more information on the park see the National Park website at

Some of the highlights of the activities and displays can be seen in the slideshow below.


The list of some of the activities and groups scheduled to display at Aero Carnival are shown below. Watch for announcements of next years exciting event.

Aircraft Displays                                                        

Am. Inst. Of Aeronautics & Astronautics                 

America’s Packard Museum                                      

Aviation Trail – Parachutes                                        

Balloon Animals                                                        

Bouncy Houses and Carnival Games                        

Buffalo Soldiers                                                         

Carillon Historical Park                                              

Charles Young Nat. Mon.                                          

Civil Air Patrol                                                           

Dayton Cycle Club                                                    

Drum and Bugle Corps                                              

EAA Chapter 610                                                      

Fairborn Area Historical Society                               

Five Rivers MetroParks        Presentation at 1:30  Tour at 3:00   

Flying Angles                                                             

Greene County Cattleman’s Association                   

Greene Co. Historical Society 

Ham Radio Broadcasts

Hay Rides

Heritage Center of Clark County                              

Hot Air Balloons                                                        

Learning Tree Farm                                                    

Ohio Wheelmen                     

Pierce Arrow Club                             

Radio Controlled Flying                                            

Riverside Historical Society                                      

R2 Crash Truck                                                          

Silent Film                                                                  

Sinclair College National UAS

       Training &Certification Center                           

Sky Dive Greene County                                           

S.P.A.R.K. Radio Club                                                         


Women in Aviation International                              

Wright B Simulator                                                    

Wright-Patterson Fire Department                            

Wright State University – Special Collections                      

Wright Stuff Rocketeers                    


The Aero Carnival is presented by Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in partnership with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. 


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

For details and seasonal date schedules see

or please call (937) 225-7705 for the current park schedule.

See the Visitor Center page for details on hours and for a map.


From W. Third St., turn south on Williams St and then turn left on Fourth St. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Visitor Center parking area.

CLICK HERE for a parking map.

Travel Note - Third St. Bridge closure:

The Third Street Bridge will be CLOSED beginning Jan. 1, 2020 until approximately Oct. 2021. Visitors can use the Fifth St. Bridge or the Salem Ave. Bridge as detours from downtown Dayton. A file with more detailed instructions for visitors traveling from the north or south via I-75, or from the east and west via US35 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.


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