Status of Aviation Trail sites regarding visitors during the COVID-19 precautions:
Updated September 21: 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 and Aviation Trail Visitor Center, Aviation Trail Parachute Museum and the Wright Cycle Company have instituted a phased in opening approach, with limited operations and hours. For details and the latest updates 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/ and CLICK HERE to see an NPS announcement about modified Wright Cycle Company tours. 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 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 # 10: Wright State University Special Collections and Archives-Paul Laurence Dunbar Library – The Dunbar Library is now open for the fall semester, 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 . 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 re-opened as of June 23. The museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday with two-hour sessions beginning at 9:30, 12:30, & 3:30. State guidelines now require face coverings while in public places, including the museum. More information on hours of operation to follow.
Site # 13: Champaign Aviation Museum - The Museum is open as of August 4.
Site # 14: Grimes Flying Lab - Museum will be open by appointment until October
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! 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 # 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. CLICK HERE to go to the website events calendar to check on cancelled events. (Woodland grounds are still open - see above under OPEN category).
Note from Woodland as of 9/16/20: Cemetery and Community Programs - CANCELED Unfortunately, we have canceled all programming both at the cemetery and in the community through the end of the year, December 31, 2020. We are hopeful that we will be able to resume our normal tour schedule and community presentations in 2021. We thank you for your continued support of Woodland and the programs we offer.
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.