Aviation Trail Honors Retiring NPS Superintendent

On July 21, 2017 Aviation Trail Inc. held a luncheon in honor of Dean Alexander, the just retired Superintendent of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. Dean retired after 30 years with the National Park Service. In 2009, He became the third Superintendent at Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP, which was established in 1992 as a series of six noncontiguous sites that bring together Federal and State agencies with private, non-profit organizations (such as Aviation Trail) to preserve and celebrate the history of the Wright brothers, aviation, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. His stewardship of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park’s partnership with Aviation Trail has maintained a mutually beneficial impetus to the goal of preserving this history and making it available to the public. (Above photo: Aviation Trail President Marvin Christian (left) presents Supt. Dean Alexander (right) with a plaque in thanks for his service).

For more information on the event, and a slide show with more photos, see the article on the "News" page of this website: CLICK HERE.

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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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- In Partnership with the National Park Service


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