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June 20: Woodland Cemetery,  Upper Loop Tour

June 22-23: Dayton Int'l Airport, Vectren Dayton Air Show

June 24: Engineers Club of Dayton, The Strange Case of Gustave Whitehead

June 24-28: WACO Air Museum, WACO Aviation Summer Camp

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Hear Dan Patterson's aviation heritage  commentaries on WYSO Public Radio, 91.3 FM. 
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The National Aviation Heritage Area is a part of the National Park Service's National Heritage Areas program.
June 19, 2013
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Dayton Air Show is this weekend

The Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, at Dayton International Airport in Vandalia. Visit for details. United States Air And Trade Show Inc., the not-for-profit corporation that produces the annual air show, is a NAHA partner.
NAHA puts Ohio's aviation heritage on display at the Paris Air Show 

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NAHA's exhibit in the Ohio booth at the Paris Air Show.
NAHA is promoting the Heritage Area's partners and heritage sites to an international aviation crowd at the 2013 Paris Air Show in France.

Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright brothers and a NAHA trustee, is serving as the Heritage Area's ambassador at the world's oldest and largest aviation expo from June 17 through June 23.

Visitors to the NAHA display can pick up brochures and other literature about the aviation heritage sites in our eight-county National Heritage Area. The display is located in the Ohio booth of the U.S. pavilion. Besides NAHA, exhibitors in the Ohio booth include the Ohio State University, University of Akron, and five small aerospace technology companies from across the state.

Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure brings cyclists to aviation heritage sites
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An annual mass bicycle excursion is bringing an estimated 2,500 visitors to two aviation heritage sites.

The 25th Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure began June 15 in Urbana and is scheduled to conclude there on June 22. The route includes tours of the Champaign Aviation Museum at historic Grimes Field in Urbana and a layover day in Troy, where the WACO Air Museum is located. More than 70 cyclists took flights in a WACO biplane, according to museum officials.

Some GOBA cyclists made side trips to other heritage sites, many of which are located on or close to bike trails and bike routes.
Tom Crouch to discuss 'The Strange Case of Gustave Whitehead'
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Tom D. Crouch, aviation historian  and senior curator of the Division of Aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., will speak in Dayton on Monday, June 24, about the controversial claim that Gustave Whitehead flew before the Wright brothers.

Recently the British aviation
publication Jane's All the World's Aircraft declared that the Wright brothers' 1903 flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., was not the first to achieve sustained, heavier-than-air, controlled flight, but that Whitehead, a German Immigrant in Bridgeport, Connecticut, flew his craft two years earlier. The Connecticut General Assembly has passed a bill that declares Whitehead, not the Wright brothers, the first to fly.
Crouch is to speak at 7 p.m. at the Engineers Club of Dayton, 110 E. Monument Ave. His lecture, "The Strange Case of Gustave Whitehead," is part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park's Speaker Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Crouch is an author of books and articles about flight and has worked for the Smithsonian since 1974. He is also a NAHA trustee.
UC photojournalism student focuses on Wright "B" Flyer volunteers
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Tara Spacy, a third-year photojournalism student at the University of Cincinnati, focused on Wright "B" Flyer Inc. for a school project.

Spacy, who is also on the staff of UC's New Media Bureau, spent hours observing, photographing and interviewing WBF volunteers in the nonprofit's hangar at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport. Wright "B" Flyer, a NAHA partner, is an all-volunteer organization that designed, built and flies a modern lookalike of a 1911 Wright Model B airplane.

Spacy's project is published on the New Media Bureau website. Her story and two of her photos also appear on
Wright-Patt reservists, medics provide aid in separate missions   
Air Force Reservists loaded 10 pallets of food-equal to more than 500,000 meals-onto a C-17 Globemaster III on Friday, June 14, for delivery to Haiti. Kids Against Hunger, a ministry of A Child's Hope International from Cincinnati, provided the food. The airlift was made under the 
Denton Program, a U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of State and Department of Defense operation. Read the official press release.

In a separate mission, a surgical team from the Wright-Patterson Medical Center in Belize operated on 33 patients and completed 48 procedures, including cleft lip/palate malformations, burn deformities and other congenital anomalies, according to a base news release. The team was taking part in a U.S. Southern Command exercise. 
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