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June 29: West Carrollton Summer Fest, Wright "B" Flyer flyover

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Aviation history
on the air

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 26, 2013
SOAR kids watch pilots perform at the Vectren Dayton Air Show's Friday rehearsal.
NAHA, partners support air show

NAHA supported the Vectren Dayton Air Show again this year by managing two educational programs that brought hundreds of children to the air show provided hands-on activities throughout the weekend.

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Youth programs around the region brought approximately 230 children to the Students Open to Aviation Research (SOAR) program on Friday, the day before the weekend air show.  The children were treated to lunch, watched pilots rehearse for the weekend
show and met some performers.

On Saturday and Sunday, NAHA operated the Aerospace Adventures (A2) tent, where several partners and other organizations provided hands-on activities, including flight simulators, a scale-model Mars rover and more.

Visit NAHA's Facebook Page to see more photos of its air show activities. 
Combs Gates award contest entries deadline extended to July 1
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NAHF Learning Center
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has extended the deadline for its Eleventh Annual Combs Gates Award submissions to July 1, according to a NAHF announcement.  The original deadline had been May 25.

The $20,000 cash honor is presented annually to an individual or group for a submitted project judged to be exemplary in the preservation and promotion of America's air and space heritage. The Combs Gates Award will be presented during the National Business Aviation Association annual convention between Oct. 22 and Oct. 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

NAHF will hold its 51st annual Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 4, in the NAHF Learning Center and adjoining National Museum of the United States Air Force. Related events will include a golf classic, hangar party and a VIP photo reception. Visit for more details.
NASA Glenn's ion thruster makes history for space rocket endurance 
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CLEVELAND - A NASA advanced ion propulsion engine ran nonstop for more than 48,000 hours or 5.5 years, making it the longest test duration of any type of space propulsion system demonstration project ever, according to a press release from NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

The record-setting test run is another example of how Ohioans don't just celebrate aviation history; they continue to create it.

The thruster was developed under NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Project at NASA Glenn. Glenn manufactured the test engine's core ionization chamber. Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, Calif., designed and built the ion acceleration assembly.

The NEXT engine is a type of solar electric propulsion in which thruster systems use the electricity generated by the spacecraft's solar panel to accelerate the xenon propellant to speeds of up to 90,000 mph--a dramatic improvement in performance compared to conventional chemical rocket engines. The 7-kilowatt class thruster could be used in a wide range of science missions, including deep space missions identified in NASA's Planetary Science Decadal Survey.  
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