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April 11-14: Air Force Museum Foundation, Reel Stuff Film Festival

April 16: Aviation Trail, Trailblazer Award Luncheon

April 16-17: Ohio Aviation Association annual conference

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The National Aviation Heritage Area is a part of the National Park Service's National Heritage Areas program.
April 10, 2013
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Members of the NAHA board of trusteees and staff in front of the Wright Company factory buildings on April 9, 2013.

NAHA trustees experience Wright Company factory buildings

In a significant break in routine, NAHA's board of trustees held its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 9, inside America's first airplane factory.

The trustees didn't have to travel far. The Wright Company factory buildings are located just off West Third Street near Abbey Avenue on the former Delphi Home Avenue auto plant. Built in 1910 and 1911, the two buildings were the first in America constructed for the purpose of manufacturing airplanes.

The buildings have been vacant but kept secure since Delphi closed the plant in 2008. In 2009, Congress added them to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. They will be preserved and restored while surrounding buildings on the 54-acre Delphi site are razed for commercial redevelopment. NAHA's goal is to have the factory open to public tours by the end of 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, which is redeveloping the site, made special arrangements to allow NAHA trustees to tour and meet inside the historic buildings. "This gave the trustees a chance to experience the factory up close and personal," said Tony Sculimbrene, NAHA's executive director. "This will help them make the public more aware of the factory, which has been hidden from public view for so many years."

Visit NAHA's Flickr photostream to view pictures of the factory site.
Get on board at Dayton History
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Spring is here and the train ride season is underway at Carillon Historical Park. Dayton History at Carillon Park works with the Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society Inc., an independent nonprofit, to offer rides on CPR&SS's 1/8-scale railroad, which operates steam, electric and diesel locomotives. The train will run on selected weekends through December. Go to for more information, including a complete schedule.
Wright Seaplane Base sets fundraiser

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Wright Seaplane Base Inc. will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Company's first public demonstration of its Model C-H hydroplane on Sunday, May 5.


The celebration will take place at the Moraine Airpark in conjunction with Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 48's annual Funday Sunday Fly-in from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes a pancake breakfast and lunch. Wright Seaplane Base will have an exhibit at Funday Sunday and kick off a fundraising program, including a raffle for a painting by local aviation artist Mike Williams.


Orville Wright began testing the Model C-H on April 30, 1913, according to the not-for-profit organization's just-published inaugural newsletter. The airplane was a Wright Model C equipped with pontoons.  Testing took place on the Great Miami River between what is now Moraine and West Carrollton, then still a part of Miami Twp.


The organization's mission is to preserve the Wright Company's seaplane history. In 2010, it placed an Ohio Historical Society marker along the river on Marina Drive in West Carrollton. Visit for more information.

Ohio Aviation Association Annual Conference
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The Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) represents airport operators and aviation interests in Ohio. Its 2013 conference will take place April 16-17 at the newly remodeled Crowne Plaza Columbus North. Scheduled speakers include Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright brothers and a NAHA trustee. Go here for conference details and registration, or visit

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation designated by Congress as the management entity of the National Aviation Heritage Area. The Heritage Area encompasses an eight-county area in Ohio (Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Warren, Champaign, Shelby and Auglaize counties.) NAHA's vision is to sustain the legacy of the Wright brothers and make the Dayton region the recognized global center of aviation heritage and premier destination for aviation heritage tourism.

PO Box 414 * Wright Brothers Station * Dayton, OH 45409