Demonstration of Wing Spar Assembly

One of the highlights of the Aviation Trail August 19th celebration was 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. The celebration was held at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park in honor of the August 19 birthdays of Orville and Katherine Wright, as well as the date of National Aviation Day. Guests at the event were given a tour of the site and enjoyed an ice cream social (with birthday cake) as part of the day's festivities. See the "Events" page for more information on the celebration.

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COVID-19 Closure Updates

Status of Aviation Trail sites regarding visitors during the COVID-19 precautions: Status on Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park buildings as of December 3. All indoor facilities closed.


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.


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.

See the Visitor Center page for details on hours.

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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