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. See below.
Updated March 10, 2021: This list was first compiled on March 16, 2020 and has been periodically updated as status changes are announced. Status is subject to change on a day-to-day basis. Before traveling to a site on the Aviation Trail, please verify that site’s status by calling the number shown in the site’s listing on the TRAIL SITES page on this website, and by checking the site’s own website or calling them. For sites that are open, refer to their individual websites for days and hours.
Site #’s 1a, 1b, and 1c: Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and Aviation Trail Visitor Center, Aviation Trail Parachute Museum and the Wright Cycle Company: Only outdoor spaces will continue to be open. The park service has developed new interpretive content that visitors can access using QR codes. See below (under "CLOSED") for the status of the indoor facilities. For details and the latest updates see the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DaytonAviationNPS/
As of Dec. 3, the park will continue to have a staff presence in the WDIC building to answer phones. The park phone number is (937) 225-7705
Site #’s 3a, and 3c: Wright Brothers Memorial, and Huffman Prairie Flying Field - The exterior green spaces are still open to the public and will remain accessible. Huffman Prairie FLYING FIELD, an outdoor location, will remain OPEN to the public.
(Site #3b, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center building is closed, see under "CLOSED" below)
Site #’s 4, and 7: Carillon Historical Park, Wright Brothers National Museum, and Hawthorn Hill (all operated by Dayton History) - Dayton History's Carillon Historical Park, the Carillon Brewing Company and Culp’s Cafe re-opened on Monday, June 15 with normal hours of operation and regular admission prices in effect. We have worked to ensure that Governor DeWine’s safety protocols and social distancing guidelines for museums and restaurants will be carefully followed. See: https://www.daytonhistory.org/responding-to-covid-19-coronavirus/
Site # 5: National Museum of the United States Air Force™ - re-opened as of July 1.
After temporarily closing on March 15 to protect the health and safety of visitors, staff and volunteers, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, along with the National Aviation Hall of Fame, officially reopened to the public on first of July. See https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Home/Reopening/ for guidelines.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will remain open until 8 p.m. the first Thursday of January. Visitors will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at an aircraft from 5-8 p.m. The Museum Store and simulators will remain open as well.
(Also see the NMUSAF website for online virtual tours: https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Virtual-Tour/
and as of April 29, the museum store is taking online orders: https://store.airforcemuseum.com) Museum Hours • Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Site # 6:National Aviation Hall of Fame (see opening date of National Museum of the United States Air Force).
*Site # 8: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum - the following statement from Woodland:
Dear Woodland Families and Friends,
As the Coronavirus (COVID -19) continues to impact our local area, state and country; Woodland Cemetery would like to update you on our Preparedness Plans. We are assessing as well as taking the necessary steps to avoid potential disruptions of services to those we assist. As always, our focus is the safety and well-being of our clients, employees and the community we serve.
Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is open and operating. We realize our community may have many questions at this time of uncertainty. We are sensitive to the needs and feelings of our fellow Daytonians. We are here for you. Our Arboretum is available for peaceful walks; our staff is here to comfort and provide guidance.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.
Stay Safe. Stay Well.
See more about self guided tours at https://woodlandcemetery.org/tours-and-events/
Site # 10: Wright State University Special Collections and Archives-Paul Laurence Dunbar Library – The Dunbar Library is now open, with a variety of safety measures in place to keep users and staff safe. For details and further updates please visit the library blog and see the website at https://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/
Site # 11: Historic WACO Field and Airplane Museum - Grand Re-Opening event was held on June 20 and 21 . For details, see the WACO website at https://www.wacoairmuseum.org
Site # 12: Armstrong Air & Space Museum - The Armstrong Air & Space Museum re-opened as of June 23. The museum has started new Fall/Winter hours and will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10AM - 4PM continuously. State guidelines still require face coverings while in public places, this includes the museum.
Site # 13: Champaign Aviation Museum - The Museum is open as of August 4.
See the website for special holiday hours:
Site # 14: Grimes Flying Lab - Museum is open by special appointment.
Contact the museum at 937-652-4319
Site # 15:Tri-State Warbird Museum - WE ARE BACK OPEN!
In accordance with CDC recommendations, we ask that all visitors wear masks. This is for the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers. We will not be offering docent led tours at this time and ask that all visitors practice proper social distancing. We also ask that you postpone your visit if you are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms or have been in contact with someone sick within 14 days of your planned visit. Thank you for respecting our guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you! Hours may vary - see http://www.tri-statewarbirdmuseum.org
Site # 16: Butler County Warbirds - Resumed normal operations beginning on June 13th, 2020. All ride participants and visitors are required to provide and wear face masks/coverings at all times. To reduce surface contact, we are not providing loaner headsets to ride participants. Please bring your own aviation headset or hearing protection (ear plugs recommended). For more see: http://www.bcwarbirds.com
Site #’s 1a, 1b, and 1c: Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and Aviation Trail Visitor Center, Aviation Trail Parachute Museum and the Wright Cycle Company:
As of December 3, due to the continuing increases in positive cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County and the recent designation of the county as "purple", all indoor facilities are closed. Outdoor spaces will continue to be open and the park has developed new interpretive content that visitors can access using QR codes. Staff will be available to answer phones, etc. and and a ranger will be driving daily between the Hill and Paul Laurence Dunbar House to make an inspection to insure everything is okay at those sites, but visitors will not be allowed inside visitor center facilities.
Site # 2: Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site
Site # 3b, Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center
Site # 9: Wright B Flyer: This announcement from Wright B Flyer - "As of 06/30/2020 the Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. museum and hangar will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. As has always been the case, the safety of our visitors and volunteer staff are of the utmost importance to us at the Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. And, although we would really like to reopen our facility to the general public, we do not believe that we can assure the safety of either visitors or staff from the dangers of the coronavirus. Also, orientation flights in the Wright-B-Flyer lookalike are not possible at this time because the seat separation distance is less than 6 feet. Stay safe, stay healthy".
Site # 17: Sinclair National UAS Training and Certification Center - closed for ATI site visitors for the time being.
This posting will be updated as changes are received.