Sinclair Students Volunteer in Historic Building Development

On July 16 several student volunteers from Sinclair College helped with an Aviation Trail project in one of the Wright-Dunbar district’s historic buildings.They helped clean out some of the rubble from deteriorating interior walls in the Pekin Theater Building at 1036 West Third Street. The building is in the same block as the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, and was acquired by Aviation Trail, Inc., along with an adjacent building, to be developed into an aviation educational site, and to expand the area of the current museum.

The historic buildings will eventually be repurposed as the ATI HANGAR (Fish Market) 1042 West Third St. and the AVIATION EXPERIENCE GALLERY (Pekin Theater) 1036-1038 West Third St. To learn more about the proposed plans, see this link:

Before proceeding with the projected development, the interior and exterior walls of the building will need to be protected from the elements to prevent further deterioration. Contractors are set to being this “protection” phase on the Pekin Theater building in the fall of this year.

Aviation Trail thanks the student volunteers for their assistance. Aviation Trail relies on the generous contributions of its members and donations by aviation enthusiasts to accomplish these projects, so you can help also by going to the "MEMBERSHIP & DONATIONS" page of the website and giving what you can.

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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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