Still Flying After All These Years...and more

Collins Aerospace to upgrade B-52 wheel and brake system:

One year ago, on April 15, 2020, the Aviation Trail blog series "This Month in Aviation History" featured a story on the 68th anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress in 1952. The story provided some background on the history of the B-52, plus its Dayton connection in the design stage. (CLICK HERE to see last year's blog post).

Now, one year later, an announcement by Collins Aerospace on its Air Force contract to provide wheel and brake improvements opens the astounding possibility that the aircraft will continue in USAF operation for another three decades, and achieve a full century of service: . Collins Aerospace is located at 101 Waco St, Troy, OH 45373.


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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