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Hall of Fame  
seeks sponsors for Oct. 4 enshrinement 

Do you have benefactors to thank or sponsors to court for your nonprofit? Treat them to premium seating and other perks at the National Aviation Hall of Fame's (NAHF's) annual enshrinement dinner and ceremony.

The prestigious black-tie gala draws aviation and aerospace professionals from around the country. This year it will take place in NAHF's learning center and the adjoining National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

NAHF offers a range of sponsorships and exclusive opportunities to meet enshrinees and their presenters.

Ask for NAHF's sponsorship package. Contact Ron Kaplan, NAHF enshrinement director, at (937) 256-0944 ext. 16 or via email. NAHF is a NAHA partner. 
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The National Aviation Heritage Area is a part of the National Park Service's National Heritage Areas program.
July 3, 2013
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(Photo: Grimes Flying Lab Foundation's restored C-45 at Grimes Field in Urbana)
Dayton Foundation transfers Hawthorn Hill to Dayton History
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The Dayton Foundation is transferring ownership of Hawthorn Hill, built for aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright, to Dayton History, the foundation announced Thursday, June 27.
Dayton History also received a $1 million combined gift by multiple donors to establish the Friends of Hawthorn Hill Fund of The Dayton Foundation for the home's preservation and maintenance.

Transfer of the historic Oakwood home was made in cooperation with the Wright Family Foundation, according to Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright brothers and co-administrator of the foundation.

Both Wilbur and Orville Wright were involved in designing the home, but Wilbur Wright died before construction began. Orville Wright and his father, Bishop Milton Wright, and sister, Katharine Wright, moved into Hawthorn Hill in 1914.

The National Park Service designated Hawthorn Hill a National Historic Landmark in 1991, and Congress added it to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in 2009. NCR Corp. purchased the property shortly after Orville Wright's death in 1948 and donated the home and its contents to The Wright Family Foundation, an affiliate of The Dayton Foundation, in 2006.

The Wright family later partnered with Dayton History to manage and interpret Hawthorn Hill through limited public tours. More than 12,000 people have visited the home to date.

Dayton History is a NAHA partner and Montgomery County's official historical organization. It owns or manages numerous historical sites in the greater Dayton area, including three national park units: Hawthorn Hill, the Paul Laurence Dunbar House and the original 1905 Wright Flyer.
Montgomery dedicates Wright park
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MONTGOMERY, Ala.-Military and civic officials on Tuesday, July 2, dedicated a park named for the Wright brothers in the city where the Wright Company trained its first exhibition pilots.

They officially unveiled Wright Brothers Park's centerpiece, a 7,000-pound, full-size steel sculpture of the first successful powered airplane, the 1903 Wright Flyer.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said the park, set on a bluff overlooking the Alabama River, is "the heart and soul of our city," according to the Montgomery Advertiser, a local newspaper.

The Wright brothers lived in Dayton and invented the airplane in their West Third Street bicycle shop. After they formed the Wright Company in 1909, Orville operated the Montgomery flying school in the winter of 1910, when Ohio's weather was unfavorable for flying.  

While the school's existence was brief, it was America's first civilian flying school and the site of what is now Maxwell Air Force Base.

Amanda Wright Lane of Cincinnati, great-grandniece of the Wright brothers and a NAHA trustee, spoke at the dedication ceremony. "When you honor the Wright Brothers, you are honoring a of story technological advancement that continues to change our world every minute of every hour of every day, even as we sit here this morning," she said. "You own one of the first pages of that story in the Montgomery flying school and Maxwell Air Force Base, and the pages just keep turning."

Lt. Gen. David Fadok, commandant of the Air University at Maxwell, said the Wright brothers played "an essential role in the development of the American airman," according to the newspaper. 

PPG foundation donates $15,000

to Air Force Museum Foundation 

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Ward LaPaglia and Scott Cameron of PPG's Indianapolis center present check to Larry "Scoop" Cooper, Air Force Museum Foundation executive director. (PPG photo)
The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $15,000 to the Air Force Museum Foundation for construction of a fourth major building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, according to a PPG news release.

 The foundation made the gift on behalf of PPG Industries'  aerospace business, which includes an application support center in Indianapolis.

"PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live, especially through educational programs that encourage students to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related careers in industries related to our business," said Scott Cameron, PPG manager of the Indianapolis center.

Richard V. Reynolds, chairman of the Air Force Museum Foundation's board of managers, said the expansion will include STEM programs.

USAF museum named one of best

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The travel website has named the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force one of the nation's best museums for 2013.

A NAHA partner located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the museum is ranked 11th among the top 25 museums in the United States in's Traveler's Choice 2013. TripAdvisor also ranked it the Dayton area's top attraction.

The National Museum is the  Air Force's national institution for preserving and presenting the Air Force story. It's the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum with more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display amid more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Considered Ohio's largest free tourist attraction, it draws more than 1 million visitors each year. 

Input from public meeting will aid Buffalo Soldier National Monument 

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A public meeting inviting input and discussion regarding planning for the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument will be held on the campus of Wilberforce University on Monday, July 8, according to the National Park Service.

The meeting will take place at the Rembert E. Stokes Learning Resources Center,
in the Stokes Building, from 5-7 pm.  

The workshop will assist in the development of the foundation document that will guide planning and management for the national monument.

The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument was established on March 25, 2013 and will preserve the home and post-Civil War military legacy of Col. Charles Young (1864-1922). A distinguished U.S. Army officer, Young was the third African American to graduate from West Point and the first to achieve the rank of colonel. He was also the first African American to serve as a superintendent of a national park, commanding the U.S. Army troops in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California. The home is located within the National Aviation Heritage Area.

Contact Reginald Tiller at 513.684.3262 or via email at for more information.
Technology born in NAHA helps Voyager 1 probe edge of 'solar bubble'
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artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Technology invented in the National Aviation Heritage Area is helping NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft probe the outer edge of the solar system 11 billion miles from earth.

Research using Voyager 1 data and published in the journal Science on June 27 gives new details on the last region the spacecraft will cross before it leaves the heliosphere, or the bubble around our sun, and enters interstellar space, NHA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announced.  

Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 still functions and returns date with power from a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). RTG technology was invented at the former Monsanto Mound Laboratory (later Department of Energy Mound Plant) in Miamisburg. An RTG converts the thermal heat of a decaying radioactive isotope into electrical energy.

Two former Mound scientists, John H. Birden (1918-2011) and Kenneth C. Jordan (1929-2008) were recently inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame for the RTG technology they patented in 1959, according to a
statement by the Mound Science and Energy Museum
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