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Sept. 12: Woodland Cemetery, Mausoleum Tour

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The National Aviation Heritage Area is a part of the National Park Service's National Heritage Areas program.
September 11, 2013
WDTN-TV visits Wright factory site
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Hull and Associates Spokeswoman Kara Allison describes demolition at the former Dephi Home Avenue Plant to WDTN-TV Anchor-Reporter Dan Edwards (left) and NAHA Executive Director Tony Sculimbrene. The row of historic buildings in the background includes the 2 original Wright Company buildings at far end. Hull's LLC, Home Avenue Redevelopment, is razing the 54-acre site while preserving the factory buildings for future use as a unit of the Dayton Aviation National Historical Park. Watch the WDTN story here and view more photos here. (Photo: NAHA)

Aviation leaders, legends to present
Hall of Fame's new enshrinees Oct. 4
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The National Aviation Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Sept. 11, announced the lineup of luminaries selected to present each of the four inductees in its Class of 2013 at its Annual Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 4. The black-tie gala will take place in the hall of fame's Learning and Research Center and the adjacent National Museum of the United States Air Force, according to the announcement.
The late C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson, chief flight instructor of the Tuskegee Airmen, the legendary African-American aviators of World War II, will be presented for 2013 enshrinement by retired Air Force Col. Guion S. "Guy" Bluford, a veteran of four space shuttle missions and the first African American to fly in space. Accepting Anderson's honors will be his grand-daughter, Christina Anderson.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady, who received the Medal of Honor for actions as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, will be presented by his daughter, former Army Capt. Meghan Brady Smith, a Bronze Star recipient who served in Germany, Kosovo, Kuwait, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Retired Navy Capt. Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, a former fighter and test pilot, engineer and veteran of five Shuttle missions, will be presented by NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, a retired Marine Corps major general who also flew four space shuttle missions, including one with Gibson in January 1986.
The late Dwane L. Wallace, who rescued the Cessna Aircraft Company from bankruptcy in the early 1930s and grew it into the world's largest light aircraft manufacturer, will be presented by former Cessna CEO Jack J. Pelton, who is also chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Accepting will be one of Wallace's four daughters, Sarah Bracco.

Master of ceremonies will be air show announcer Danny Clisham, a 2007 inductee of the Air Show Hall of Fame, a former airline pilot with more than 30,000 flying hours and co-announcer (with Rob Reider) of the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Tickets are available to the public only from the hall of fame by advance purchase. The National Aviation Hall of Fame is a NAHA partner.
Student pilot samples early flight

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William Everett (left) and Tom Walters on the Wright "B" Flyer.Photo: Brian Frock
William "Will" Everett, winner of the Mitchell Cary-Don Gum Memorial Aviation Scholarship, got a sense of what flight was like for pioneer aviators Saturday with a hop on the Wright "B" Flyer.

Will, 16, of Xenia, takes flying lessons from Beaver Valley Aviation at Greene County-Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport. NAHA established the scholarship program to honor the memories of Mitchell Cary and Don Gum, who were trustees and volunteer pilots for Wright "B" Flyer Inc., a NAHA partner.
Tuskegee Airmen story on stage
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"Fly", a live production about the famed Tuskegee Airmen, is playing through Friday, Oct. 4 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, a short drive south of the National Aviation Heritage Area. The play uses music, dance and video projections to tell the story of the African Americans who broke through racial barriers to fly for their country in World War II.

While the Cincinnati play is underway, the National Museum of the United States Air Force, a NAHA partner, is displaying "Red Tails, Silver Wings," an art exhibit that highlights the Tuskegee Airmen's contributions, through February. The cast and production crew of "Fly" visited the the museum recently to learn more about the history they present, according to a feature in the Sunday, Sept. 7, Dayton Daily News (subscription required). The museum is a NAHA partner. In addition, the National Aviation Hall of Fame on Oct. 4 will induct the late C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson, chief Flight instructor of the Tuskegee Airmen, into the hall of fame (see story above).

Visit the Cincinnati Playhouse's web page to learn more about "Fly."
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.

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