Dayton Region Walk of Fame

Gerald Sharkey (1942-2014) was one of the founding members of Aviation Trail, Inc., and president of the organization from 1985 to 1989. He was known for his strong advocacy of protecting and preserving Dayton’s aviation history. He was at the forefront of the successful efforts to save some of the historic West Third Street buildings from demolition, and was instrumental in paving the way for the formation of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, which was established by legislation in 1992. His efforts also helped bring about the development of the surrounding Wright-Dunbar neighborhood.

He was inducted into the Dayton Walk of Fame in 2015. See his Walk of Fame story at

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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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- In Partnership with the National Park Service


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