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News Archives 2015/2016

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to commemorate 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid

 NEWS RELEASE: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Public Affairs DivisionNovember 22, 2016


DAYTON, Ohio – On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. 


The raid was an extremely important event in the development of American air power. It marked the first combat use of strategic bombardment by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II. While the attack itself caused little actual damage to Japanese war industry, the psychological impact on the Japanese military and the American public proved to be immense. It forced the Japanese military to pull forces back from the front lines to protect the home islands and showed Americans that the war could be won. 

Today, just one of the men survive: Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole, who served as Doolittle’s co-pilot on Crew No. 1. Cole, now 101 years old, plans to return to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in April to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the raid and to pay tribute to fellow Raider SSgt. David Thatcher, who passed away earlier this year. 


“Mathematically, it shouldn't have worked out this way," Cole told The Missoulian last June. "I was quite a bit older, six years older, than David. Figuring the way gamblers figure, he would have been the last man.”


Anniversary events on April 17-18 are still being finalized but plans include the return of several B-25 Mitchell bombers landing on the runway behind the museum and being placed on static display; a memorial service and B-25 flyover (weather permitting).


The Air Force Museum Theatre is planning a living history event with films on the Doolittle Raid and the Air Force Museum Store will have commemorative merchandise available to purchase.


Each year since the end of World War II, with the exception of 1951, the Doolittle Raiders held an annual reunion. The museum had the privilege of hosting the Raiders in April 1965 (23rd), 1999 (57th), 2006 (64th), 2010 (68th) and 2012 (70th), before having their final toast to their fallen comrades on Nov. 9, 2013.


The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit

The theatre and store are operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., a Section 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization that assists the Air Force in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  For more information on the Air Force Museum Foundation, visit  The Air Force Museum Foundation is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no governmental status.

For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at 937-255-3286


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National Aviation Hall of Fame names ‘Class of 2017’

From: NAHA Newsletters, November 17, 2016

DAYTON, Ohio—The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has revealed the names of four individuals elected as the Enshrinee Class of 2017, according to a NAHF announcement. The NAHF Class of 2017 represents a broad range of enduring contributions dating from the dawn of the jet age through the manned exploration of space. NAHF will enshrine the four in a ceremony at a place and on a date to be announced. The public will be able to buy tickets in advance.

Charles Bolden Jr., Malcolm Scott Carpenter, Robert J. Gilliland, Sir Frank Whittle

Here is the Class of 2017:

  • Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden, Jr., USMC (Ret)—34 year Marine Corps aviation career included 14 years as member of NASA Astronaut Corps. Vietnam War fighter pilot and four-time Shuttle veteran who went on to become NASA Administrator.

  • The late Cmdr. Malcolm Scott Carpenter, USN—Navy test pilot that as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts became the second American to orbit the earth. Helped design the Apollo lunar module and developed underwater training for spacewalks.

  • Robert J. Gilliland—Air Force jet fighter and test pilot personally recruited by Kelly Johnson to lead Lockheed Skunk Works testing of its record-breaking SR-71 spy plane. Has logged more test-flight hours above Mach 3 than any other pilot.

  • The late Sir Frank Whittle—U.K.-based “Founder of the Jet Age,” who built the first practical turbojet engine in 1937. Sir Whittle’s subsequent engine technology led directly to development of the jet aircraft industry in the U.S., to which Sir Whittle immigrated in 1976.

Each year, the NAHF Board of Nominations, a voting body comprised of 140-plus aviation professionals nationwide, selects a handful of previously nominated air and space pioneers to be recognized for their achievements with enshrinement into the NAHF. Since its founding in 1962, 233 men and women have been so honored.

The NAHF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in Dayton, Ohio in 1962 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964. Its mission is to honor America’s aerospace legends to inspire future leaders. Its headquarters and public Learning Center are co-located with the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. It operates a youth education program, other public outreach programs and annual enshrinement ceremony, and it collaborates with like-minded organizations. NAHF is a partner of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance.


Winter Hours for Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park

October 26, 2016 at 9:02:54 AM EDT, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Beginning Monday, October 31,  the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours of operation  during the winter months will change to Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This change will only affect the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center. The Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site will remain open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (last tour at 3:30 pm). The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center will  resume 7-day operations on Sunday, March 5, 2017. 


For more information please call 937-225-7705 or click here.


Winter Hours


Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center

16. S. Williams St., Dayton, OH, 45402

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday to Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday.


Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center

2380 Memorial Rd. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 45433

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday to Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday.


Paul Laurence Dunbar Historic Site

219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St., Dayton, OH, 45402

Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Amanda Wright Lane nominated as Member, Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum

October 21, 2016, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:

Amanda Wright Lane, Appointee for Member, Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum


Amanda Wright Lane is a Trustee for The Wright Brothers Family Foundation, a position she has held since 1999.  Ms. Wright Lane serves on the boards of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, Wright-Dunbar, Inc., and First Flight Foundation, positions she has held since 2004, 2006, and 2008, respectively.  She previously served on the board of Dayton History from 2006 to 2011.  Ms. Wright Lane is the great-grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright.  In 2008, she was awarded the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Public Service Award.  Ms. Wright Lane received a B.S. from Miami University of Ohio.

The group stopped in Dayton to visit the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park as part of an educational field trip across the United States. The Wright Brothers USA, a local company that licenses and markets The Wright Brothers name and trademark worldwide in  in cooperation with the Wright Brothers Family Foundation, coordinated the Dayton stop.


“The group’s intention is to immerse the kids in the rich history of the Wright brothers, so they might gain inspiration from the legacy of Dayton’s favorite sons, who changed the world forever with their invention of the airplane,” said Doug Knopp, Wright Brothers USA partner.


Wilbur and Orville Wright formed the Wright Company in 1909 and built the factory buildings in 1910 and 1911. The factory was the first in America built for the purpose of manufacturing airplanes.


Knopp said Wright Brothers USA’s late co-founder and CEO, David Lightle of Tipp City, arranged the Dayton visit just prior to his death in August while in China on a business trip for the company.


“Out of respect for Dave, we will see his vision thru. We also see this as the start of aviation tourism from China to Dayton to experience our rich aviation heritage,” Knopp said.


A Chinese company, Jiabeicun Education Technology Ltd., organized the “Discovery Expedition” for the home-schooled student group, Knopp said.


The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) hosted the Wright factory visit. Tony Sculimbrene, NAHA executive director, said the visit by Chinese students is the latest example of the historic airplane factory’s drawing power. In April, NAHA showed the site to actor-director Tom Hanks and David McCullough, author of the best-selling book The Wright Brothers.


“The factory is delivering on its promise as an international destination, and it’s not even open to the public. Imagine its potential once it’s restored as a unit of Dayton’s national park,” Sculimbrene said.


NAHA is negotiating to buy the factory buildings and the surrounding 54-acre site from the current property owner, Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC. Its goal is to make the historic buildings a unit of Dayton’s national park, as authorized by Congress in 2009.


NAHA’s plan for the remaining property is to guide its redevelopment in ways that will complement its aviation history while creating economic activity in the neighborhood. Dayton Metro Library has committed to buy approximately seven acres of the site for its new West Branch library.


NAHA conducts tours of the Wright factory with the permission of the property owner to raise awareness of its history and the need to preserve it. Free public tours are scheduled at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month from April through November. The next tour is scheduled for Oct. 20.


About NAHA

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit chartered by Congress in 2004 as the management entity for the National Aviation Heritage Area, a region of national historical importance encompassing Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Warren, Champaign, Shelby, and Auglaize counties. The Heritage Area is one of 49 National Heritage Areas in a program administrated by the National Park Service, and the only one dedicated to aviation heritage. Visit for more information.


Photo by NAHA

Wright Company factory draws students from China

Thursday, September 29, 2016, National Aviation Heritage Area


DAYTON, Ohio—The Wright Company factory showed its potential to draw international travelers Wednesday, Sept. 28, when a group of 22 students from China and their chaperones toured the West Dayton buildings that launched America’s aviation industry.


The 17 students, ages 7 to 11, and five adults walked in the footsteps of Wilbur and Orville Wright as they explored two unrestored buildings off West Third Street at Abbey Avenue. Displays of a large scale model of a Wright airplane and historical photos helped them visualize the pioneering aircraft production that took place more than a century ago in the now-vacant buildings.


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Wright Factory News

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, Timothy R. Gaffney, Director of Communications, National Aviation Heritage Area

David McCullough in new video ‘applauds' efforts to save Wright factory


DAYTON, Ohio—The campaign to save the Wright brothers’ factory has won a new supporter— David McCullough.

The author of the best-selling book The Wright Brothers endorses the effort in a new video filmed inside the historic factory.

“I applaud all of you who are working to save these buildings and to bring them back into being part of the story” of the Wright brothers, McCullough says in the video.

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) released the video Thursday, Sept. 1, on its YouTube channel with McCullough’s permission. NAHA interviewed McCullough for the video on April 19 following McCullough's tour of the factory.

Wilbur and Orville Wright formed the Wright Company in 1909 and built the company’s first factory building in Dayton in 1910. The company added a second building in 1911. The factory was the first in America built for manufacturing airplanes.

“These are symbolic or emblematic structures in that they contain a story of importance not just to this community, but to the country and to the world,” McCullough says.

Orville sold the Wright Company in 1915. The factory was the nucleus of what became the 54-acre Delphi Home Avenue Plant, which shut down in 2008.

NAHA, a nonprofit, has been working with the National Park Service, state of Ohio, city of Dayton and others to make the factory a unit of theDayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.


“I’d like to be able to walk in here and see their airplanes being built at various stages,” McCullough says in the video. “I’d like to see the tools that were used. The saws, the lathes, that sort of thing. I’d like to see where they had lunch. I’d like to see the whole world, the whole reality of this community. This was a community in here, a community at work.”

“David has made it no secret that he reveres the Wright Brothers, and America's National Parks. And after several visits to our Dayton community, he was truly taken with our work to restore the Wright Company factory,” said Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright brothers and a NAHA trustee.

NAHA is negotiating with the current property owner, Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, to buy the 54-acre site. Dayton Metro Library has committed to locate its new West Branch on the site, an approximately $10 million investment.

NAHA projects it will need $4 million to buy the property, stabilize the buildings, make initial site improvements and begin redeveloping the remaining acres in ways that would complement the Wright Factory Unit of the national park. It has raised about $2 million so far in public and private funds.

At the request of many individuals wanting to contribute, it has added a donation page to its website.

In the video McCullough says, “I applaud all of you who are working to save these buildings and to bring them back into being part of the story. Those who went before us here, those who did things of merit and changed the world, deserve to be present, as it were, among us.”

Learn more about NAHA at their website:


The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit chartered by Congress in 2004 as the management entity for the National Aviation Heritage Area, a region of national historical importance encompassing Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Warren, Champaign, Shelby, and Auglaize counties. The Heritage Area is one of 49 National Heritage Areas in a program administrated by the National Park Service, and the only one dedicated to aviation heritage. 


Timothy R. Gaffney

Director of Communications

(937) 219-8277 (mobile)


August 29, 2016


The annual WACO Fly-In takes place at WACO Field in Troy, Ohio on September 16 - 18, 2016. The fly-In is a celebration of the beautiful airplanes produced by the WACO company in Troy, Ohio and the men and women who flew them. For more details, and a list of activities, CLICK HERE to see the Aviation Blog  page on this Aviation Trail website. For more on the WACO Museum go to their website at


WACO Field is located at:

1865 South County Road 25A
Troy, Ohio 45373

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Aviation Trail Celebration, August 19


Aviation Trail, Inc. traditionally hosts a social event for all of its members on Aug. 19, the mutual birthdays of Orville and Katharine Wright, and also the date of National Aviation Day. The event this year was a celebration at the Aviation Trail Visitor Center at 16 S. Williams Street. It began at 1:00 PM with a brief press conference and the official announcement of the acquisition of the historic Pekin Theatre Building, followed by an ice cream social and tour of the facility. CLICK HERE to go to the Events section for more information, and photos from the event

Aviation Trail, Inc. has acquired the Peking Theatre Building (the taller building on the far left) and the Fish Market building (the smaller building to its immediate right) in the Hoover Block of West Third Street. The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park building is the building in the right of the photograph.

Aviation Trail Exhibits at the NMUSAF

June 18, 2016

Aviation Trail Incorporated was one of the organizations exhibiting at the open house weekend at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on June 11 and 12. The open house was in celebration of the opening of the new fourth hangar building whch was officially opened on June 8. Over 15,000 attendees toured the museum over the weekend, which was over twice the normal weekend attendance. The Parachute Museum was featured at the ATI table, along with an appearance each day of "Wilbear Wright" . "Wilbear" is the aviator teddy bear guide to the sites on The Aviation Trail. The slide below has some photos from the weekend, with several examples of visitors trying on parachute gear at the ATI exhibit, and various photos from around the museum. 


After the event, the National Museum of the United States Air Force sent participating organizations a Certificate of Apprecieation for supporting the building opening event. The certificate includes a commemorative piece of ribbon from the ribbon cutting ceremony (shown above).  

Solar Impulse Leaves Dayton

Posted May 26, ATI report

Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered electric aircraft, left Dayton at 4:00 AM on Wednesday, May 25, after a three day layover in it's historic 16 stage flight around the world. The next stop is Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, prior to New York, and then a flight accross the Atlantic. Pilots Bertrand Picard and Andre Borschberg take turns at the controls of this lightweight craft (about 5100 lbs.) with a 208' wingspan. This week's stop in the home city of the Wright Brothers is fitting for such a groundbreaking undertaking with the implications for the future of clean technology. For more information on the plane, and live updates of it's trip, go to their website:  



Photos in this slide show courtesy of Marvin Christian Photography.


WACO Rides & Strawberry Festival

Posted May 19, 2016, Troy Ohio


WACO Air Museum - WACO rides & Strawberry Festival

Where: WACO Field - 1865 S Co Rd 25A Troy OH  45373

When: June 4th & 5th 10 am – 5 pm


WACO Air Museum kicks off its summer season June 4th & 5th. The ever popular bi-plane rides signal the start of summer and the opportunity to feel the wind in your hair as you fly in an open cockpit over the Strawberry Festival. WACO is again one of the Park N Ride locations, making it convenient to take a plane ride then leave your car and enjoy one of Ohio’s great festivals.


Gretchen Hawk, Executive Director, WACO Air Museum   937-335-9226

WACO Historical Society Aviation Lecture Series

posted May 17, 2016, Troy, Ohio


WHEN:  May 26, 2016

WHERE:  WACO Air Museum, 1865 S. County Road 25A, Troy, OH 45373

Contact: Nancy Royer, Learning Center Director, WACO Air Museum

Phone: 937-335-9226    E-mail:


A World War II Flight Surgeon’s Story

On Thursday night, May 26, WACO will host author S. Carlisle May as a first time guest speaker.  As part of the WACO Aviation Lecture Series, May will recount the story of Dr. Lamb Myhr, a flight surgeon of World War II.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm. and the lecture will begin at 7 pm. 

Dr. Lamb Myhr was one of hundreds of thousands of young men who served his country in World War II. A flight surgeon in the United States Army Air Force, he served from Morocco to Germany and witnessed historic moments, including Generals Clark, Patton, and Eisenhower meeting to plan the invasion of Sicily.

As pilots and crew battled fatigue, extreme conditions, and devastating losses, Dr. Myhr healed, counseled, and taught them, often with limited resources. Informed by documents, research, and interviews with Dr. Myhr, A World War II Flight Surgeon’s Story, authored by S. Carlisle May, offers a rare glimpse into the daily life of a doctor on the front lines. It also illuminates the culture and community of an Army Air Force base, exploring the sanitation measures, mental and physical examinations, and medical procedures that Dr. Myhr performed. Complete with photographs and personal letters, this volume widens our understanding of a war that changed our world forever.  May will be available to autograph copies of the book following the presentation.

S. Carlisle May was raised in a military family and spent time growing up in South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Germany. She is a prolific writer and the great-niece of Dr. Lamb Myhr.  She received her BA in political science from Auburn University and worked as a substitute teacher for two decades. A prolific writer and frequent public speaker, May leads workshops across the nation. Through the National WWII Museum’s travel program, May followed the path of American and Allied forces from England to Normandy and into Germany. She also retraced the campaigns of the Allies in Malta and Sicily, Italy. A lifelong history enthusiast, May lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.


This series is made possible in part by Dayton Power & Lights. There is no charge for the event. Donations can be made to WACO Historical Society in order to support the Lecture Series.  WACO Air Museum is located at 1865 S. County Rd. 25A, Troy, OH 45373.   For more information, visit or call 937-335-9226.


Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society Meeting on May 2:

Viewing of the Film “Beyond the Powder: The First Women’s Cross Country Air Race”

Posted April 28, 2016


All are welcome at the next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society, this coming Monday, May 2, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.


At this month’s meeting, we will be watching Beyond the Powder: The First Women’s Cross Country Air Race (Hemlock Films).

Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women’s Cross-Country Air Race is a documentary film that follows the 2014 Air Race Classic racers as they make their way across the country, while telling the story of the original race of 1929, also known as the Powder Puff Derby.

The first Women’s Air Derby in 1929 was flown from Santa Monica to the finish line in Cleveland, kicking off the National Air Races. The eyes of the country watched as these brave women made history flying cross-country, breaking into a competition that was thought to be for men only. They encountered sabotage, death, and all the difficulties of flying at the dawn of aviation.

Today the Powder Puff Derby continues as the Air Race Classic. The modern day racers carry out the legacy of the original racers with their adventurous and rebellious spirit.  Showing that they were more than just their make-up, the original Derby contestants have inspired those flying today to truly push beyond the powder.

This event is free and open to the public. The meeting and presentation will take place at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center at 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There is ample free parking, and light refreshments will be provided.


DAYTON, Ohio, March 18, 2016


Recipients and presenters of the 2016 Trailblazer Awards pose with their citations following the Aviation Trail luncheon April 15 at the Hope Hotel & Conference Center. From left to right they are: Paul Woodruff, ATI trustee and award presenter to the Air Force Museum Foundation; Frances Duntz, Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Lt. Gen. Jack Hudson (USAF Ret.) Director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force; and Col. Roger McClure (USAF Ret.), ATI trustee and award presenter to the Museum.






















Trailblazer Award

The ATI Board of Trustees chose the Museum and the Museum Foundation for their team efforts in completing the fourth museum building scheduled for its public debut June 8—privately financed by the Museum Foundation--and for their sustained excellence over the years in telling the Air Force story of aviation and aerospace achievements

ATI President Marvin Christian said, “It is Aviation Trail’s honor and privilege to recognize these organizations with our 2016 Trailblazer Award. Dayton and the Miami Valley are justifiably proud of the Museum’s many years of displaying our nation’s aviation and aerospace achievements to visitors from literally around the world.”

It was through the fund-raising efforts of the Museum Foundation that the Museum’s $40.8 million fourth addition became a reality. Since 1960 the  Foundation has remained a philanthropic, nationally recognized, non-profit organization which assists the Museum with public fund raising and oversees various day-to-day operations of the Museum which attracts one million visitors annually.

In the new, fourth building, visitors will explore more than 70 aircraft in four galleries: Presidential, Research and Development, Space and Global Reach. The new 224,000 square-foot area also will have a walk-through Space Shuttle exhibit and three STEM learning nodes for student instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

The new facility brings the museum’s total exhibit space to 19 acres with 360 aerospace vehicles and missile and thousands of artifacts. In addition to exhibits, there are within the museum an IMAX Theatre, Museum Store, the Valkyrie and Refueling cafes, an Air Force Museum Theatre, flight simulators, and office space for staff.

Aviation Trail hosts the Trailblazer event annually to mark the birthday of Wilbur Wright, April 16, 1867. This is the 33rd presentation of the Trailblazer Award during ATI’s 35-year history of promoting and supporting the area’s aviation heritage, especially sites linked to Wilbur and Orville Wright.



For Museum information:

For Foundation

For ATI information:

ATI contact: Marvin Christian 937.275.5271




DAYTON, Ohio, March 7, 2016


Aviation Trail has chosen the National Museum of the United States Air Force and the Air Force Museum Foundation as the dual recipients of this year’s prestigious Trailblazer Award.

The honor recognizes the Museum’s long history of excellence in telling the Air Force story, as well as the completion of its new $40.8 million fourth building, which was privately funded by the Air Force Museum Foundation.

The new building, which is scheduled to open to the public June 8, will house more than 70 aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles in four new galleries—Presidential, Research & Development, Space and Global Reach, along with three science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Learning Nodes.

The public is invited to the award luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 15, at the Hope Hotel and Conference Center where the Museum Director Lt. Gen. Jack Hudson (USAF Ret.) and the Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees Frances Duntz are scheduled to accept the award.

Details on reservations will be announced within the next couple weeks, but mark your calendars now for this exciting celebration.

This is the 33rd presentation of the Trailblazer Award during Aviation Trail’s 35-year history of promoting and supporting the area’s aviation history. The organization is delighted to make this dual presentation to two organizations that have created such wonderful opportunities for generations to learn and enjoy our country’s aviation and space exploration history.                                               







                    FOR MUSEUM INFORMATION:

                    FOR FOUNDATION INFORMATION:     

                    ATI CONTACT: Marvin Christian: 937. 275.5271:

Living History Film Series - Women's History Month

March 2, 2016: From National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Living History Film Series - March 12 at 4 p.m.

The Air Force Museum Theatre’s 2016 Living History Film Series continues on Saturday, March 12 at 4 p.m. celebrating Women in History Month. Filmmakers Kara Martinelli and Adam White bring Women’s Air Racing to the big screen with their new documentary film Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women’s Cross-Country Air Race. Dr. Terry Von Thaden, granddaughter of Louise Thaden, winner of the first Women’s Cross Country Race, along with Lin Caywood and Susan Beall, 2014 Race Team Members, will join Martinelli after the film to share their personal experiences and insight.

Visit for more information.


Get your creative ideas flowing! WACO Air Museum is sponsoring a t-shirt design contest. The winning design will be printed on t-shirts and sold in the museum gift shop.  Anyone is invited to submit their ideas for a fresh new look at the Golden Age of Aviation. The winner will receive $50 and a years’ family membership to the museum. Hurry, the deadline is April 29. Find the entry packet at on the home page. (Or click on the button at the right).



Gretchen Hawk, Executive Director, WACO Air Museum


WACO Air Museum Announces Contest

March 2, 2016: From WACO Historical Society


Dayton's National Park Returns to Seven Day Operation

•Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center
•Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Open every day --  Sunday through Saturday

March 1, 2016: From Dayton's National Park

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park  
16 South Williams Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402, 

Dayton's National Park Back to Seven Day Operation

It's time to put away the winter schedule and celebrate the return of spring. Yep, spring is still a few weeks away but our visitor centers are open and ready for you and your family and friends seven days a week.

Beginning Wednesday, March 2, Dayton's National Park facilities 
will be open everyday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 


At left: Katharine Wright (second from the right) is ready to enjoy a bike ride with friends. They may have been going to the Wright Cycle Co. at 16 S. Williams Street in west Dayton. Not sure if they were open all week in 1895 but Dayton's National Park is now.  

Photo Wright State University Archives.

For more information please call 937-225-7705.

AERO Carnival scheduled for September 10, 2016

February 17, 2016: Update from The National Park Service

The National Park Service has announced a list of activities for its AERO CARNIVAL will be held at Huffman Prairie on Saturday, September 10, 2016

This free event will include a multitude of activitiesfor the whole family  throughout the day, from 10:30 to 5:00.


Come and explore the Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival on Saturday, September 10 from 10:30 – 5:00  At the same time you can explore 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 will also provide a look at the history of aviation. With a flight simulator, airplanes on static display and with planes flying overhead, participants can experience the past, present and the future of aviation and aeronautical research.


The event is free of charge and is open to all. 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 contact the national park service at 937-225-7705 or by accessing the park web site at

The list of activities and groups currently confirmed as of July 18, 2016 is shown below. Watch for further updates of added activites.

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                    

Download a copy of last year's 2015 poster: CLICK HERE.


Watch the Events and Projects Page for further announcements.

Wright Factory Tours Announced by National Aviation Heritage Area

February 16, 2016 NAHA Announcement

For more information see the NAHA website at

and for further details on location and tour requirements, email

NAHA has announced that the next factory tour is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at 10:00 AM.

The Wright Brothers formed the Wright Company in 1909 and built the first factory in 1910, adding a second building in 1911. The buildings, which later became part of a GM plant in Dayton, are now planned for restoration and NAHA is providing free public tours to help build community support for the restoration. The plan is to have a public tour every third Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM.

March 12, 2016 is Safety Day:  Helping Keep Skydiving Safe

Ann Ingoldsby, Aviation Trail Parachute Museum, Feb. 1, 2016


In observation of the United States Parachute Association Safety Day, March 12, 2016, the Aviation Trail, Inc. Parachute Museum brings focus to the success of research in the safety of parachutes. The heart of the aviation world is in the National Aviation Heritage Area in the Dayton, Ohio area.  Airplanes were invented by Daytonians Orville and Wilbur Wright, and, in addition, much research and development have been accomplished in Dayton in the airplane escape systems.   The Parachute!

Read the full story on the Aviation Blog page on this website, and learn more about the museum on the Aviation Trail Parachute Museum page under "About Us".

February 13 to March 13, 2016: Lego Contest on Display

Historic WACO Field / WACO Historical Society

WACO Historical Society is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Lego Contest. Contestants have created Lego scenes from their favorite Dr. Seuss books. "Scenes fro Seuss" is "nonsense to wake up the brain cells for fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living" per Dr. Seuss. The winning entries will be on display from February 13 to March 13 at the WACO Air Museum, during regular business hours. For more details, see the WACO website at

News from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force – Jan. 14

From: NMUSAF/MUP Public Affairs Mailbox

Fourth building to open June 8

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s new $40.8 million fourth building including aircraft such as SAM 26000 (Air Force One) and the only remaining XB-70 Valkyrie, will open to the public on June 8, 2016.

The 224,000 square foot building, which was privately financed by the Air Force Museum Foundation, will house more than 70 aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles in four new galleries - Presidential, Research and Development, Space and Global Reach, along with three science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Learning Nodes. 

From 2015:

December 17, 2015 - Celebration of the

112th Anniversary of First Powered Flight

Aviation Trail's Celebration of the 112th Anniversary of FIRST POWERED FLIGHT in 1903 honoring the Wright Brothers was held on December 17, 2015 at Dayton History's Carillon Park. 

The event was in the Kettering Family Education Center with seasonal drinks, food and entertainment.


"Saving Airplanes and Telling Their Stories": The featured speaker at the event was Greg Herrick, president of the Aviation Foundation of America. His Golden Wings Flying Museum has more than 35 vintage aircraft, one of the largest holdings of its type in the U.S. 

For a report of the event click here to go to the112th Anniversary of Powered Flight page.

WACO glider theater, exterior (photo: WACO Air Museum

WACO glider theater takes off

In Historic WACO Field, from NAHA News / October 28, 2015


TROY, Ohio—WACO Air Museum visitors can now experience the look and feel of the famous gliders that silently penetrated enemy lines during World War II.

The WACO glider theater is built inside and out to resemble one of the small CG-4A gliders WACO built in its Troy, Ohio factory during the war. Visitors can sit inside the glider  on facing benches, just as troops did, and watch a video about the manufacturing of the gliders and their use in Europe and Asia.


The WACO factory produced more than 1,000 CG-4A gliders, while additional gliders were manufactured in other locations around the United States.

The WACO Air Museum is located at 1865 S. County Road 25A in Troy, Ohio, on the 77-acre Historic WACO Field along with the WACO Aviation Learning Center and a 2,200 foot grass runway (2,000 feet usable). The museum preserves the history of the WACO Aircraft Co., which was the largest U.S. manufacturer of civil aircraft in the 1920s and early ’30s. Visit for more information.

WACO glider theatre, interior (photo: WACO Air Museum

Winter Hours for Dayton's National Park Visitor Centers

Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center
Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday to Sunday


Beginning Monday, November 2nd, park facilities at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Our winter hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday 
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Winter Hours for Dayton's National Park

From: Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park  


We will resume 7-day operations on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.  For more information please call 937-225-7705. 


Also, the Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site continues to be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm (last tour at 3:30 pm).

Admission is FREE.

September 18, 19, 20, 2015 - WACO Fly-In

Below is a photo slide show from the annual WACO Fly-In held on September 18, 19 and 20, 2015 at historic WACO Field, 1865 S. County Rd. 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373. The weekend included vintage WACO planes, family activities, classic cars (featuring Austin Healy's), and access to the WACO Museum.

September 12, 2015 - AERO Carnival


The National Park Service's AERO CARNIVAL was held at Huffman Prairie on Saturday, September 12, 2015.  This free event included a multitude of activities throughout the day, from 10:30 to 4:30.


Download large version of the poster: CLICK HERE.


Watch the Events and Projects Page for an announcement of the 2016 AeroCarnival.

The above photos are from the 2015 Aerocarnival event, mostly from the Aviation Trail display area.

Photos courtesy of Ann Armstrong.

Air Force museum marks end of World War II

Posted in NAHA News, National Museum of the United States Air Force / July 30, 2015


On Aug. 9, 1945, the B-29 bomber Bockscar dropped the “Fat Man” atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Closely following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, the Nagasaki attack proved America had the capacity to use nuclear weapons with devastating effect and led to Japan’s unconditional surrender and the end of World War II.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force – where the B-29 Bockscar and an actual (but inert) “Fat Man” atomic bomb are on display—will commemorate it with several special events, according to a museum press release.

Image by National Museum of the United States Air Force

WACO to host IH Scout show

Posted in NAHA Events, NAHA News / July 28, 2015


Historic WACO Airfield and Museum will host the 26th Annual IH Scout and Light Truck Nationals Friday through Sunday, August 14-16. The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The family-friendly event will include a swap meet with parts venders selling new, old and used parts; seminars, vehicle games and judging competition. Food vendors will be on site.

Admission to the event is $8 per day or $15 for the weekend. Admission is free to children under 12. The admission fee includes admission to the WACO Museum. Biplane rides will be available at extra cost.

The purpose of the event is to preserve and promote the legacy of International Harvesterproducts. Highlighted in the wide array of products are all IH motor trucks as well as the first mass-produced Sport Utility Vehicle, the Scout.


Parachute Museum Fifth Anniversary in 2015

Posted July 9, 2015, from an article by Ann Armstrong Ingoldsby


The Parachute Museum is celebrating its fifth year of being open to the public as part of the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, Third and Williams Streets in Dayton, Ohio.  Five years ago the Dave Gold family joined Aviation Trail, Inc. in a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Prior to this special event, the Parachute Museum was open to the public in time for the 2003 First Flight Celebration.  The museum at that time was incomplete, but with the Gold collection it was completed, but additions and changes continue.

(Read the full article on the "Aviation Blog" page).

The National Park Service Announces The Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival for 2015

Posted July 3, 2015 from National Park Service


The event is on Septemer 12, 2015, from 10:30am to 4:30pm at Huffman Prairie Flying Field, Route 444, Gate 16A, Fairborn, Ohio. Admission is FREE, with activities for the whole family throughout the day. For a full listing of activities and events, see the poster on the AeroCarnival page under events: CLICK HERE.


Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument Hosts Summer Open House

Posted July 2, 2015

by Joy G. Kinard, Ph.D., Superintendent, Colonel Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, National Park Service


Dates & Times: Saturday, July 4, 11, 18 & 25 - 10am to 1pm / Sunday, July 5 & 19 - 1pm to 4pm

Location: Youngsholm, Wilberforce, Ohio

Fees: No Fees


"WILBERFORCE, OH – Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument will host a series of Open House events to encourage the community and visitors to learn about the Wilberforce Community, Colonel Charles Young, and the Buffalo Soldiers role in American History. The Open Houses will be held in the parlors at the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, located at 1120 US Hwy 42, Wilberforce, Ohio. Several open houses will be held in July on the following dates: Saturday, July 4, 11, 18, and 25 between 10-1 p.m.;and Sunday, July 5, and 19 between 1-4 p.m.


Park staff will provide a screening of films on the Buffalo Soldiers, a host of Junior Ranger activities, and guided tours of the site. Additionally, the park will release newly developed cell phone tours, and other curriculum-based programs that will be offered next school year during the summer open house series. "We are excited to be able to open our doors to our community to showcase the life and times of Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers," said Dr. Joy Kinard, Superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument.


As a soldier, diplomat, and civil rights leader, Charles Young overcame stifling inequality to become a leading figure in the years after the Civil War when the United States emerged as a world power. His long and distinguished career as a commissioned officer in the United States Army made him a popular figure of his time and a role model for generations of new leaders. His house, more affectionately known as "Youngsholm" serves as the current face of the newest national park addition. This program is part of an ongoing series of public programs offered at the Colonel Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument to promote public understanding of history and special places that have been included in the national park system".


For more information on the park, refer to thier website at

Ohio House Passes Resolution on Wrights as First in Flight

Posted: May 15 from Dayton Daily News story of May 13, 2015 by Thomas Gau


"By a 90-0 vote, the Ohio House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill reaffirming the Wright brothers as truly first in flight. The House voted on a resolution (HCR8) endorsing what most historians... have long believed: that a pair of brothers from Dayton were first to achieve controlled, powered flight". (See the post from April 15, below, for more background).

CBS Sunday Morning Features David McCullough and Wright Brothers Book

Posted: May 14, 2015


The May 3, 2015 airing of CBS Sunday Morning devoted a segment to an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough. His book, "The Wright Brothers",  published by, Simon & Schuster was scheduled for release on May 5.


For a link to the transcript of the segment see


For a link to a  7 minute video of the segment see 


Reel Stuff partners with Dayton Jewish International Film Festival to host producer Nancy Spielberg for “Above and Beyond” screening

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015 by Reel Stuff Aviation Resources 


Dayton, OH – April 27, 2015 - Reel Stuff Aviation Resources is pleased to partner with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on their 15th Annual Dayton Jewish Film Festival in bringing the documentary, “Above and Beyond,” to the Air Force Museum giant screen theatre on Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 PM. Patrons can purchase single tickets for $9 and student tickets for $8 at the theatre box office the night of the show.  Scheduled as one of ten features of the JCC’s three-week long festival, the film will be presented by its producer, Nancy Spielberg, sister of filmmaker Steven Spielberg.  “Above and Beyond” chronicles the veteran American military pilots who covertly volunteered to fly and fight in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence and in so doing gave birth to what became the vaunted Israel Air Force. An audience Q&A session with Ms. Spielberg will follow the screening. For more information on the film see

and  for information on the Dayton Jewish International Film Festival. For more on Reel Stuff Avaiation Resourses, see

Doolittle Raiders News:


Doolittle Raider presents medal to Air Force Museum

Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2015 By Barrie Barber – Dayton Daily News Staff Writer


Seventy three years to the day after Richard E. Cole sat next to legendary airman Jimmy Doolittle on a bombing run against Japan, the 99-year-old World War II aviator presented the Congressional Gold Medal commemorating the historic raid to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The medal, the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow, will be displayed permanently at the museum.

Cole was one of 80 Army Air Force airmen who launched in 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers off the deck of the U.S.S Hornet in the daring raid that bombed Tokyo and four other Japanese cities.

The Dayton native who lives in Comfort, Texas and fellow Raider, David J. Thatcher, 93, of Missoula, Montana, were at the medal presentation ceremony Saturday with dozens of family members of many of the other airmen who flew on the mission. The two World War II airmen are the sole surviving Raiders.



Congressional Gold Medal Presentation Ceremonies to be streamed LIVE

Posted April 14, 2015, National Museum of the United States Air Force


Tom Hanks to produce Wright Brothers series

Posted April 17, 2015 In NAHA News


DAYTON, Ohio—The announcement that Tom Hanks will produce an HBO miniseries about the Wright brothers has sparked widespread interest by the entertainment and news media. A flurry of local news reports have followed‘s announcement that Hanks’ production company Playtone would produce the series based on the forthcoming book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough. His publisher, Simon & Schuster has scheduled The Wright Brothers for release on May 5.

Ohio panel passes Wright first-in-flight bill

Posted April 15, 2015 in NAHA News 


COLUMBUS, Ohio—An Ohio legislative committee has passed a bill that would repudiate the claim that Gustave Whitehead flew a powered airplane in Connecticut two years before Ohio’s Wright brothers flew in North Carolina. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted 11-0 in favor of Ohio House Concurrent Resolution 8 (HCR-8), according to Danielle Giannantonio, an aide to Ohio Rep. Rick Perales, the bill’s sponsor. (Click here to download the resolution.) The bill next goes to the full House. NAHA supported the bill in a March 24 committee hearing with testimony presented by Executive Director Tony Sculimbrene and Trustee Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Tim Gaffney, NAHA’s communications director, also testified as author of The Dayton Flight Factory, a book about the Wright brothers. In 2013, Connecticut’s governor signed an act proclaiming Whitehead, not the Wright brothers, the first to fly a powered, heavier-than-air flying machine. Historians have dismissed the Whitehead claim repeatedly over the years, citing a lack of convincing evidence.

Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site  

NOW OPEN FRIDAY- SUNDAY 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Posted April 14, 2015, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park


You are invited to come and tour the Paul Laurence Dunbar House at 219 North Paul Laurence Dunbar Street, Dayton, OH 45402.


The home, beginning Friday, April 17th, will be open for FREE tours from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday to Sunday (last call for tours will be at 3:30 pm). For more information call 937.224.7061.


Paul Laurence Dunbar Progressive Dinner

Posted April 9, 2015, National Park Service


The National Park Service and the Dunbar House State Memorial will celebrate the birth of Paul Laurence Dunbar with a progressive dinner on Monday, June 29. The event will begin at 6:15 pm, at the Old Courthouse on the northwest corner of Third and Main Streets. Participants will travel by charter buses to two sites associated with Dunbar and his life before being returned to the Old Courthouse for the main dinner and a short program. Tickets are available for $65 per person from Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

Paul Laurence Dunbar is credited as the first writer to put the African American experience in all its diverse forms before a broader audience. His work has become the foundation for many other writers and the inspiration for all who have dreams unfulfilled.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the National Park Service at 937.225.7705. Deadline for ticket purchase in Monday June 15, 2015.


Dayton Aviation Heritage

National Historical Park

16 South Williams Street

Dayton, Ohio 45402



Last Wright family member to have personally known Orville dies

Posted March 30, 2015, Dayton Daily News, By Barrie Barber - Staff Writer


Marianne Miller Hudec, 79, the last member of the Wright family to have known Orville Wright personally, died earlier this month in Newton, Mass.

Born March 11, 1935, in Dayton to Harold S. Miller and Ivonette Wright Miller, Marianne was the grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright. She died on March 5.

Read more and see photos on this Dayton Daily News link:


Aviation Trail, Inc. presents Trailblazer Award to The Aviation Technology Department at Sinclair Community College

Posted March 27, 2015, Avitation Trail Inc., Dayton, Ohio


Sinclair Community College’s Aviation Technology Department is the recipient of Aviation Trail’s 2015 Trailblazer Award to be presented Wednesday, April 15, in Dayton. Held annually to honor an organization or individual who has advanced aviation in the Miami Valley, the award dinner this year will be held at the Sinclair Conference Center, Bldg. 12, on Perry Street. Aviation Trail’s annual Trailblazer event marks the birthday of Wilbur Wright, April 16, 1867, in Eastern Indiana. The social will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45. Tickets are $50.00 a person.. Sinclair student tickets are $35.00. Your check with dinner choice should be received no later than Friday, April 10. * Indicate your choice of Irish whiskey glazed flat iron steak, Chicken Marsala, or Vegetarian. Send to: Aviation Trail Inc., P.O. Box 633, Wright Brothers Branch, Dayton, Ohio, 45409.

Testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in Support of HCR8

Posted March 25, 2015; National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA), Tony Sculimbrene, Executive Director

Columbus, Ohio—The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) on Tuesday, March 24, testified in favor of an Ohio bill that would repudiate the claim that Gustave Whitehead flew a powered airplane in Connecticut two years before Ohio’s Wright brothers flew in North Carolina. See the NAHA website report on this link:


Mr. Robert "Bob" Hoover to speak at the Air Force Museum Theatre

Posted March 24, 2015, Mary Bruggeman, Chief of Theatre Operations, Air Force Museum Foundation


The Air Force Museum Theatre is proud to announce the Living History Film Series’ first 2015 event will be Thursday, April 9 at 6:15 p.m.. Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project with Robert “Bob” Hoover himself as our Distinguished Guest Speaker. Legendary Aviator, Robert A. “Bob” Hoover will bring history to life. See the press release from Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation on this link:






Doolittle Raiders to present Congressional Gold Medal

Posted March 23, 2015, From: NMUSAF/MUS


On Saturday, 18 April at 6:00 pm, the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders will present their Congressional Gold Medal to the National Museum of the USAF in a ceremony at the Museum. Click the button below to download the NMUSAF press release.

Special Collections and Archives of Wright State University to preserve

Avtiation Trail, Inc. records  

Posted March 21, 2015, Aviation Trail, Inc.


The Aviation Trail, Inc. Board of Trustees approved a proposal for the preservation of organizational records at the March 11 board meeting. The Special Collections and Archives of Wright State University will be the repository for the records of Aviation Trail, Inc. The records will be arranged, described, preserved and made accessible for research according to the highest archival standards. 


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