August 16, 2015 - ATI Picnic Basket Event






There’s much buzz about ATI’s Aug. 16 picnic this year.

 Joining us will be NPS Ranger Craig Campbell to discuss preservation of Ohio’s native bee colonies

of 30,000-40,000 diminutive “flyers” on Wright-Patterson AFB.

Expect a honey treat in your picnic lunch along with Jersey Mike’s sandwiches, fruit, and cookies. The lunch and cool drinks will be served at 12 noon in front of the Huffman Prairie Interpretive Center on Wright Brothers Hill.


If it rains, lunch and the bee presentation will be in the auditorium of the center.


Cost for the picnic lunch remains the same: $14 for an adult and $39 for a family of up to five persons.


If you please, make your reservations a new way. You may now use the Aviation Trail website,, for ticket purchases with a credit card. After accessing the web site, click on “Membership-Donations-Reservation Orders.” (Or CLICK HERE for that page).






Or, you may send a check to Aviation Trail, Inc., P.O. Box 633, Wright Brothers Branch, Dayton, OH 45409.


Reservations deadline is Friday, Aug. 14.


ATI President Marvin Christian remarked how the Wrights’ flying on Huffman Prairie had a “bee link.”  “In 1904 Amos I. Root, Ohio owner of a beekeeping supply house and publisher of Gleanings in Bee Culture, keenly observed the Wrights’ trial flights and penned several articles about the endeavors for his periodical.

“Ironically his very accurate observations were written for beekeepers, not experimenters in manned flight. That is one of the interesting facts about early narrations of what the Wrights were accomplishing on the prairie,” he said.


Campbell’s power point bee talk will discuss the one-year-old, volunteer Propolis Project to promote bee pollinator health and sustain locally acclimated bees. Recently four small bee colonies of 10,000 bees each have been introduced to the Huffman Prairie area as part of the project.


A local native, Campbell has a degree in evolutionary biology from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He previously led wilderness tours and served with the Park Service at the Grand Canyon.


ATI traditionally hosts a social event for all its members near Aug. 19, the mutual birthdays of Orville and Katharine Wright. Orville was born in 1871 on Hawthorn Street in Dayton and Katharine in 1874, also on Hawthorn Street.


Kid activities scheduled for the 16th are bottle rockets with Jim Beisner, a member of ATI’s board of trustees and the WACO Learning Center in Troy, Ohio, and parachute backpack “fittings” by members of ATI’s Parachute Museum committee. 



Noon, Sunday, August 16, 2015 at
Wright Brothers Memorial

Kauffman Ave. near the Route 444 intersection,

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433

Sorry, picnic reservations are closed for this year. Watch for an announcement of the 2016 event.


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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