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Unique Parachute



Besides the attraction of hundreds of rare and historic aircraft, there are thousands of items of historical interest that make frequent trips to the National Museum of the United States Air Force so worthwhile. One example is the dog parachute, as shown in this memorial to “Vittles”, a boxer who flew in 131 missions during the Berlin Airlift, logging around 2000 hours of flight. The links below tell more of this fascinating story.

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/MuseumExhibits/FactSheets/Display/tabid/509/Article/196746/berlin-airlift-dog-parachute.aspx

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/136012/flying-dogs-parachute-lands-at-us-air-force-museum.aspx

For more parachute history, see the Parachute Museum located at the Aviation Trail Visitor Center in the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, 16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402.


Location

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.

Parking:

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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