Events: 2020

Aviation Trail Trailblazer Award

Aviation Trail's 2020 and 2021 Trailblazer Awards have been postponed pending development of COVID 19 precautions. Watch for announcements of the recipient and the details of the next presentation.

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CLICK HERE to see the Trailblazer Award page for more on the award and a list of past recipients.

Events: 2019

December 17, 2019

116th Anniversary of Powered Flight Celebration

Aviation Trail Inc. held it's program for its annual celebration of the Anniversary of Powered Flight on the evening of Tuesday, December 17 at the Engineers Club of Dayton, 110 East Monument Ave. Dayton, OH 45402 .

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It featured Brigadier General Paul Cooper (retired) presenting the topic of “Aviation in the Roaring 20’s”.


CLICK HERE for the “Event Page” for more a report on the event with photos.

August 17, 2019

Aviation Trail Trailblazer Award

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Aviation Trail's 2019 Trailblazer Award was presented at a free ice cream social at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Saturday afternoon, Aug. 17.

The recipients were Neil Armstrong (posthumously) for his first man on the moon achievement 50 years ago, and the Armstrong Air & Space Museum for memorializing Armstrong, the moon landing, and Ohio Aviation. 

Click the button below to see the report and photos from the 2019 Trailblazer Award: 




CLICK HERE to see a list of the past yearly Trailblazer recipients.

Aviation Trail Parachute Museum Events

Appearances, Programs and Presentations

June, July, and August 2019

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Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger
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On Saturday, June22, 2019 The Aviation Trail Parachute Museum will be exhibiting at the 2019 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger. The air show takes place on June 22 & 23 at The Dayton International Airport. For information and schedules see

The Parachute Museum will also be presenting programs at various locations of the Dayton Metro Library in June, July  and August:
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• On Saturday June 29, 1 to 4 PM, the Parachute Museum will have a display at the Party in the Park at Cooper Park behind the Main Library  -  a celebration of summer learning by the Dayton Metro Library w/music, hands-on activities, storytimes, prizes, presentations, contests, and more.  See the information and map of Party in the Park at

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"Space Parachutes" at the Library
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• On Monday, July 29 the Parachute Museum will present “Space Parachutes” at the Main Library @ 7:00p to 8:00p, Community Room 2A. 2nd Floor:

In celebration of the anniversary of landing on the moon. Parachutes have been a critical part of most US space programs.  From bringing astronauts safely back to earth, to landing probes on Mars, parachutes have played a key role.  This presentation will discuss the ways parachutes have been used in space programs and the types of parachutes utilized for each application; including some local ties to the parachute technology development.  

• On Thursday, Aug. 1 the Parachute Museum will present “Space Parachutes” at the Miamisburg Library @ 6:30p to 7:30p, Community Room

• On Thursday, Aug. 8 the Parachute Museum will present “Space Parachutes” at the Vandalia Library @ 7:00p to 8:00p, Community Room

February 27, 2019:

Aviation Trail, Inc. Sites and the Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau

Public Relations Conference


Aviation Trail Visitor Center

16 S. Williams St, Dayton, OH 45402

February 27, 2019      9:30 a.m.

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Conference of Aviation Trail Sites

Aviation Trail, Inc and the Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted representatives of member sites on the "Trail" on February 27th at the Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center & Aviation Trail Visitor Center for a discussion of site promotional plans for the future. Representatives from most of the sites were present to discuss site updates and exchange information.

The Convention Bureau premiered Jim Bucher’s recent videos of historical aviation locations in our area. The video will be featured on the Bureau’s website, and flashdrives were distributed to the ATI sites for their own website and other promotional usage. Copies will also be made available to the news media throughout the Ohio area.

The video is also viewable on the Video page on this website: CLICK HERE


Aviation Trail provided information on our brochure and “Wilbear Wright” programs along with an update on our Fish Market and Pekin Theater building plans. Attending site spoke on their current activities and thoughts on how we all might work closer together in advancing our aviation heritage. Aviation Trail urged member sites to send information on their site activities and updates for inclusion in he ATI website.

Aviation Trail, Inc. is very proud of our nearly thirty-six year history as a non-profit all volunteer organization. We estimate well over one million brochures promoting aviation sites have been distributed in that time. There are more than 10,000+ “Wilbear”Wright” bears in homes around the world earned by experiencing the member sites.

Aviation Trail thanks all who attended for their valuable input.

Events: 2018

April 21, 2018 -

Trailblazer Award

The Champaign Aviation Museum was the recipient of Aviation Trail’s 2018 Trailblazer Award presented on Saturday, April 21, at 5:30 PM, in Urbana. The award was presented at the Champaign Aviation Museum's Annual Fundraising Gala. For more details use the button below to go to the 2018 Trailblazer Event Page. For a list of past year's awards: CLICK HERE.

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August 10, 2018 - Runway Fest

Friday, Aug. 10, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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Photos © Aviation Trail 

The slideshow above has some photos from the Aviation Trail display area, as well assorted photos from around the event. 

Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport hosted its 7th Annual Runway Fest on August 10, 2018. A large crowd enjoyed the good weather and many exhibits and activities.

The FREE event offered fun for the whole family with a live band, inflatables for the kids, aircraft displays, dozens of exhibitors, top-notch fireworks, a variety of food trucks, and much more.

The John A. Bosch Memorial Hangar

The former Commander Aero Hangar at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport was recently renamed in honor of the late John Bosch. Bosch was an aviation innovator and preservationist whose efforts led to the renovation of the facility. This plaque is mounted on the wall of the hangar to commemorate his contributions.


John Bosch was also the recipient of the Aviation Trail Trailblazer Award in 2014.


The hangar is used at the Runway Fest event as an exhibition area.

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10550 N Springboro Pike, Miamisburg, OH 45342

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August 19, 2018 - Celebration of Orville and Katharine Wright Birthdays

Sunday, April 19, 2018

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

118 Woodland Ave., Dayton, OH 45409

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - FREE

Attendees were given a tour of historic Woodland Cemetery with a visit to the Wright Brothers grave site, and along with other highlights of the historic cemetery and arboretum.

Click the button below to go to the August 19 Event Page for a report and photos.

Aviation Trail, Inc. 2018 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Aviation Trail Visitor Center, Conference Room

16 South Williams Street • Dayton, Ohio 45402

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The Aviation Trail, Inc. Annual Meeting is being held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the conference room of the Aviation Trail Visitor Center. Members and friends of aviation are invited to join the Aviation Trail, Inc. Board of Trustees as we review the year, discuss plans for the coming year, and enjoy some refreshments.

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And, for next month:
Save the date!

December 17th, 2018,
115th First Powered Flight Anniversary

Celebrate with Aviation Trail

Watch for Announcements

December 17, 2018 - 115th Anniversary of Powered Flight Celebration

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Flyboys Deli, 2729 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek, Ohio


Look for the airplane on the roof!


A unique, casual evening

by Aviation Trail, Inc.

to mark the

115th anniversary of powered flight

by Daytonians

Wilbur and Orville Wright



• Entertainment by the clarinetists, the Licorice Stix, part of the University of

   Dayton's New Horizons Music Program and to commemorate the end of World War I

• the premier showing of a video on the Lafayette Escadrille by acclaimed                                   ...aviation photographer/author Dan Patterson


CLICK HERE for the EVENT INVITATION PAGE to see a report on this event which was held on December 17, 2018.

Watch this website for announcements of 2019 events.