August 19th Celebration, 2016

The celebration began with the press conference at 1:00PM at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. ATI spokesperson Steve Brown (above) highlighted the reason for the acquisition and discussed some of the development plans for the Pekin Theater. Guests were taken on a tour of the newly acquired Peking Theatre Building, and the Fish Market Building, just east of the Aviation Heritage building in the Hoover Block of West Third Street. 

Dayton, OH – The Aviation Trail, Inc. hosted a celebration on August 19th, 2016 to commemorate the birthdays of Orville and Katharine Wright and mark National Aviation Day. The event also included a brief press conference announcing the Aviation Trail acquisition of the historic Pekin Theater building on West Third Street and plans to develop the facility into an aviation educational site. 

The Aviation Trail Hosted a Celebration Marking National Aviation Day and Announcement of Expansion

Also in the conference room, guests were treated to a hands-on demonstration of the assembly of wing struts for a 1903 Wright Flyer. The wooden pieces were placed in a form to hold them in position and glued into place. The example spars will be used in the construction of a replica aircraft. In the photo at the right, Aviation Trail's Jim Beisner (in the yellow shirt) instructs on the manufactuing method. 

The Pekin Theatre is the building on the far left, and the Fish Market is the smaller building to its right.



WDTN TV2 news photographer Christopher Smith was present to record the event, and a the story appeared on the evening news. 

After the tour, guests returned to the conference center to to enjoy ice cream and cake in celebration of Orville and Katherine's birthdays, and stayed to enjoy the displays in the Visitor Center, and the Parachute Museum.


See the slide show below for more photos from the event.

The Aviation Trail is a non-profit corporation in partnership with the National Park Service to promote aviation heritage in the Dayton region. Since its founding in 1981, the Aviation Trail has served as a catalyst, helping to identify, link, and preserve the many historical aviation sites that make Dayton so unique. As a non-profit organization, the Aviation Trail relies on the generous contributions of its members and donations by aviation enthusiasts to accomplish its mission. See the "ABOUT US" page on this website to learn more about Aviation Trail, and go to the "MEMBERSHIP & DONATIONS" page to get involved with the organization.



What:     National Aviation Day Celebration

              and Pekin Theater Announcement

Who:      Aviation Trail, Inc.

When:    Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, 1 p.m.

Where: Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

                16 South Williams Street

                Dayton, Ohio 45402



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.


Aviation Trail, Inc.

- In Partnership with the National Park Service


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