NAA Tribute to Michael Collins

Astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 command module around the moon in 1969, passed away on April 28, 2021 at age 90:

Photo: Michael Collins (right) accepts the NAA 2019 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from Greg Principato (left) at the Aero Club of Washington’s Wright Memorial Dinner on December 13, 2019.

National Aeronautic Association (NAA) President, Greg Principato, Comments on the Passing of Astronaut Michael Collins: “While Michael Collins was known by most for his flight on Apollo 11, his career as a test pilot, an astronaut, a State Department official and as the first Director of the National Air & Space Museum ranks as among the most consequential of anyone in our lifetimes. On top of that he was a gentleman who focused on educating young people and preserving our environment. The National Aeronautic Association was honored to present him with the 2019 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy and all of us at NAA mourn his passing while celebrating his life.” Stephanie Griffith, Director of Awards, Events, and Membership, National Aeronautic Association


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.

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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- In Partnership with the National Park Service


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