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July 18: Woodland Cemetery, Upper Loop Tour

July 18-21: Greene County Fairgrounds, Greene Trails Cycling Classic

July 20: Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Summer Moon Festival

July 20: Woodland Cemetery, Sports Legends Tour

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July 17, 2013
Champaign Aviation Museum pins tail on B-17 'Champaign Lady'
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The Champaign Aviation Museum's B-17 construction project passed a milestone on Friday, July 12, when staff and volunteers attached the vertical tail fin to the fuselage of the World War II-era bomber.

The airplane, "Champaign Lady," is being constructed of pieces from scrapped or salvaged B-17s and many new parts the volunteers are making from scratch.

Mating the tail was a big milestone because it bears the symbol-an "S" in a triangle-of the 401st Bomb Group, which plans to visit the museum next month when it holds its national reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. But museum volunteers picked the symbol to honor the late Jerry Shiffer, who started the project but died in 2005.

Located on historic Grimes Field at Urbana in Champaign County, the Champaign Aviation Museum is a NAHA partner. Visit the museum's Facebook page and NAHA's Flickr set to see more photos of "Champaign Lady".
Wright "B" Flyer donates flight, draws visitors at Wings 'n Wheels
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The annual Wings 'n Wheels Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 13, drew new visitors and memberships to  Wright "B" Flyer Inc.

Wings 'n Wheels is an annual fly-in/cruise-in fundraiser for the Lebanon Band Parents Association. It draws vintage cars and airplanes to Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport with a pancake breakfast held in the Commander Aero hangar, next door to Wright "B" Flyer's hangar-museum.

Wright "B" Flyer, a NAHA partner, donated a $100 Honorary Aviator membership to the event for a raffle. An Honorary Aviator member is elegible for an orientation flight in Wright "B" Flyer's "Brown Bird", a modern lookalike of a 1911 Wright Model "B" airplane. Honorary Aviator memberships help support the all-volunteer organization's operations.

"We had more visitors than a normal Saturday. We had two orientation flights scheduled and ended up with six," said Phil Beaudoin, Wright "B" Flyer president.

Wright "B" Flyer is a NAHA partner. Visit Wright "B" Flyer's Facebook Page for more photos of the Wings 'n Wheels event.
National Aviation Hall of Fame seeks sponsors for annual enshrinement
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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.
News for nonprofits

UD offers new graduate certificate for nonprofit and community leaders
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Nonprofit leaders in the National Aviation Heritage Area who want to upgrade their skills or advance their careers have a new option:
the University of Dayton will launch a new certificate program this fall focused on leadership for nonprofits and community organizations. It will be open to the public and enrolled students alike, according to a UD news release.

"The NPCL certificate program serves nonprofit leaders from all types of nonprofit and community organizations," said Steve Neiheisel, Ph.D., director of UD's Non-Profit and Community Leadership Graduate Certificate Program. The news release said it's designed for young or mid-career professionals who might not have the time or money to earn a full degree.

The 12-hour, four-course certificate program costs about $560 per credit hour. Visit the program's web page for more information.
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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