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Sept. 19: Woodland Cemetery, Upper Loop Tour

Sept. 20: Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, Urban Nights @ Dayton's Nat'l Park

Sept. 21: Woodland Cemetery, Sports Legends Tour

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Aviation history
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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.
September 19, 2013
Biplanes beeline to WACO fly-in 
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Visit WACO's Facebook page to see more photos.(Photo: WACO)

The annual fly-in at Historic WACO Field and Museum in Troy Sept. 13-15 drew nearly 40 aircraft and an estimated 1,500 visitors, WACO officials reported.


"We had 18 WACOs and at least that many other general aircraft airplanes," said Gretchen Hawk, WACO Historical Society executive director. The event also drew many non-flying visitors. "I think people just really enjoyed being able to walk around among the planes and talk to pilots," she said.


Hawk said 128 people took rides in a WACO, the classic biplane once produced in Troy. "It was very successful," Hawk said.

Air Force Marathon this weekend 
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The annual U.S. Air Force Marathon will take place this weekend, beginning and ending at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Registration for the marathon, half-marathon and 10K
race are closed, but you can cheer the runners at the finish line and then pay a visit to the museum. Start times are 7:25 a.m. for the Wheeled Division Race, 7:30 a.m. for the full Marathon and 10K race, and 8:30 a.m. for the half marathon. Visit for more information.
Visit Dayton's National Park
on Urban Nights Friday, Sept. 20
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The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park will take part in Dayton's Urban Nights with lots of activities for kids from 5 to 9 p.m.

Come to the Wright-Dunbar Visitor Center at 16 S. Williams St. to make robots from recycled materials, fly the Wright Flyer simulator, see printing demonstrations and learn to make a guitar from a box. There's more and it's all free. For more information, call the National Park Service at (937) 225-7705.
Huffman Prairie: airfield of dreams

Photo of Wright B Flyer over Huffman Prairie Flying Field
Photo: Timothy R. Gaffney
Huffman Prairie Flying Field in Greene County is where the Wright brothers demonstrated practical flight in 1905 and opened the Wright Company's aviation school in 1910. Now it's a part of Wright-Patterson Air Force, but it's also accessible to the public as a unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. This photo shows the Wright "B" Flyer lookalike making a flyover for a Video shoot. Visit our Facebook page to view and share more photos of the Huffman Prairie flyover.
National Aviation Hall of Fame
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The National Aviation Hall of Fame's Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Tickets are only available in advance from the hall of fame. Visit the hall of fame's website to order tickets or for more information. 
Add starships to area's heritage:
Voyager 1 reaches interstellar space
Artist's illustration of Voyager 1 in space 
Concept illustration of Voyager 1 in space (Image: NASA)
The Voyager 1 spacecraft is officially in interstellar space-the first human object to leave the solar system, NASA announced last week.

Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 actually left the solar system in 2012, but scientists needed to study data for months to confirm the feat. Voyager 1 is still gathering and sending data, thanks to a 
nuclear generator invented and built at the former Department of Energy Mound plant in Miamisburg.

Mound's DOE mission ended years ago, but the Mound Museum Association operates the Mound Science and Energy Museum to preserve the site's heritage, which now includes powering the earth's first starship.
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