WACO Aviation Lecture Series

Monday, December 18, 2017–doors open at 6:30 p.m., speech at 7 p.m.

WACO Historical Society - Aviation Lecture Series

WACO Air Museum, 1865 South County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373


It was 10:35 on the morning of Monday, December 17th 1903 when Orville Wright became the first man to pilot a controlled, powered flight. He and his brother Wilbur accomplished much more than flying. They worked as a team as scientists, engineers, skilled craftsmen, inventors, pioneers, and dreamers. They funded their own research and used their skills as bicycle manufacturers to soar to new heights (actually about six feet). On Monday, December 18th (114 years and a day after that first flight), Robert "Bat" Bateman, a pilot himself, will discuss the obstacles and achievements of the brothers during the years leading up to the successful flight. This lecture will take place at WACO Air Museum at 7 part of the Aviation Lecture Series.

Dr. Robert Bateman, a New Carlisle resident, is a retired Lt. Col. Of the USAF and professor of aviation related courses. Dr. Bateman has an extensive background in the fields of aviation and education.

Following his graduation in 1957 from West Point, he had a twenty year career in the Air Force, with over 4500 hours in aircraft such as the F-100, F-4D, and F-111. As a flight instructor, he taught in the T-33, T-37, and T-38. He has flown 225 combat missions in the B-57, and has been awarded the Silver Star, DFC with four oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous Air Medals. He has earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and after his retirement, earned a Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Dayton. He also holds a doctorate in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University with a specialty in Human Factors Engineering. In addition to his Air Force experience as a flight and academic instructor, Dr. Bateman has taught college-level undergraduate and graduate students and has spent time as a substitute teacher in public schools.

Parking and admission are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the lecture beginning at 7 p.m. The lecture is scheduled to last one hour with a time for questions to follow. It will be held in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 South County Road 25A in Troy, OH. For questions, please call 937-335-9226 or visit


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

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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.


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