115th Anniversary of Powered Flight Event

Aviation Trail, Inc, hosted its annual celebration of the anniversary of powered flight on Dec. 17 at the aviation-themed Flyboys Deli in Beavercreek, Ohio. Since the early 1980s Aviation Trail has hosted a celebratory event to mark the Wrights' first, successful flight of a heavier -than-air machine on the sands of Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Dec. 17, 1903.

A group of over sixty aviation enthusiasts enjoyed an aviation/Dayton themed buffet with entertainment by the "Licorice Stix," a clarinet ensemble from the University of Dayton's New Horizon Music Program.

The featured  speaker was photographer, writer, aviation historian Dan Patterson who narrated a new documentary film on the Lafayette Escadrille, the American aviators who flew for France during World War I.

Some photos of the event are shown at the right, and a copy of the event program below.


Watch this website for announcements of next year's Aviation Trail Anniversary of Powered Flight Event.


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

For details and seasonal date schedules see https://www.nps.gov/daav/planyourvisit/hours.htm

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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