Status of Aviation Trail sites regarding visitors during the COVID-19 precautions:
Updated July 6: This list was first compiled on March 16, 2020 and has been periodically updated through July 1. 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. Some of the sites listed below are closed as of this posting, but have announced re-opening dates. Announcements on these openings appear in other posts on this blog.
Site #’s 1a, 1b, and 1c:Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center andAviation Trail Visitor Center, Aviation Trail Parachute Museum and the Wright Cycle Company. are still closed, but the National Park Service will be instituting a phased in opening approach, starting with some outdoor activities. See the NPS plan to a phased in opening on the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DaytonAviationNPS/
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 will remain OPEN to the public.
(Site #3b, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center building is closed, see below)
Site #’s 4, and 7: Carillon Historical Park, Wright Brothers National Museum, and Hawthorn Hill (all operated by Dayton History) - Update of June 11, 2020: Announcement of re-0pening date -Dayton History is excited to announce that 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, will officially reopen to the public on first of July. See https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Home/Reopening/ for guidelines.
(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)
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 - grounds are open to the public between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM each day to provide a much-needed place of comfort, tranquility, and respite.
but all events and tours are cancelled (see below, under the CLOSED category). See https://woodlandcemetery.org
Site # 11: Historic WACO Field and Airplane Museum - Grand Re-Opening event was held on June 20 and 21 . Robotics Camp I, Robotics Camp II and Aviation Summer Academy have been rescheduled, and Young Engineers Camp, Fun with Flight Summer Camp, and Drone Camp are still on the schedule. For details, see the WACO website at https://www.wacoairmuseum.org/schedule-changes
Due to their popularity and limited space, we encourage registering ASAP.
Site # 12: Armstrong Air & Space Museum - The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is pleased to announce that the organization will be reopening our doors Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020. The museum will be opening in a phased approach starting with Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. More information on hours of operation to follow.
Site # 13: Champaign Aviation Museum - The museum will resume regular open hours
beginning July 7th. See https://www.champaignaviationmuseum.org
Site # 14: Grimes Flying Lab - Museum will be open by appointment only until October https://www.facebook.com/GrimesFlyingLab
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! 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. They will remained closed until further notice. See the NPS statement here: https://www.nps.gov/daav/index.htm and see the NPS plan to a phased in opening on the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DaytonAviationNPS/
Site # 2: Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site
Site # 3b, Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center
*Site # 8: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum – Mausoleum, back gate, public restrooms and Administrative Office are now closed to the general public. We have cancelled public programs and tours through June. CLICK HERE to go to the website events calendar to check on cancelled events. (Woodland grounds are still open - see above under OPEN category).
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 # 10: Wright State University Special Collections and Archives-Paul Laurence Dunbar Library – this site is closed to visitors, but is now handling all research inquiries via email, email@example.com or chat. Here is the contact page, https://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/ask/ Library services will be delivered remotely until further notice.Electronic Resources,Ask A Librarian,Ask An Archivist, and other online services are available. No-contact book pickup is available twice weekly with advance notice. For continued updates, please visit our blog.
Site # 13: Champaign Aviation Museum - re-opened as of July 1, see https://www.champaignaviationmuseum.org
Site # 14: Grimes Flying Lab - Closed except by appointment only until October
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.