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October 17, 2013
Breaking news
National park, USAF museum open

Congress passed legislation to end the federal government shutdown late on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and President Obama signed the bill. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force reopened Thursday morning, Oct. 17, according to an announcement, and national park sites reopened.

Hawthorn Hill gets preservation job  

Photo of Hawthorn Hill with scaffolding in front Architectural Reclamation, Inc. of Franklin, Ohio, is doing exterior preservation work on Hawthorn Hill, the Wright family mansion in Oakwood.

The current work involves repairs to the pediment on the north fašade, as well as to the decorative balustrades located above the porches on both the east and west elevations. These areas had suffered deterioration due to weather elements and wood boring insects.

Special care is being taken to ensure that the repairs will stabilize the original fabric of the building and any replacements will replicate, as closely as possible, the form and materials of the historic architectural elements, according to Dayton History. Read the news release for more details.
Vectren Dayton Air Show announces new performers for 2014 event  
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Photo: Aeroshell Aerobatic Team

AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Shockwave jet truck and the A-4B Skyhawk jet warbird will join National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee Patty Wagstaff as featured performers in the 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger, air show officials announced Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The North American AeroShell Aerobatic Team flies four North American AT-6G Texans in precision aerobatic maneuvers. Shockwave uses three jet engines to blast down the runway at speeds above 300 miles per hour. The A-4B Skyhawk is a Vietnam War-era light bomber-attack jet, restored and painted as an A-4C flown by Lt. Cdr. Ted Swartz.

The show previously announced that Patty Wagstaff, a 2004 Hall of Fame enshrinee and one of the world's most recognized aerobatic pilots, will return for the first time since 2009.
Read the news release for more details.
Dayton-Montgomery County CVB reaches out to pilot organizations
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The Dayton and Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau is promoting Montgomery County, NAHA and its partners to the aviation world.

Last week, Bev Rose and Christine Combs of the CVB staffed a booth at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's (AOPA's) Aviation Summit in Ft. Worth, Texas, promoting the Dayton region as a tourism destination and a venue for aviation meetings and fly-ins.

It was the CVB's first time at an AOPA summit. "We're always researching and evaluating sales and marketing opportunities that could generate overnight hotel room business for Dayton and Montgomery County. Because of our unique aviation legacy, the CVB is exhibiting at several aviation related trade shows in hopes of developing relationships to bring their groups to our area for their conventions, fly-ins and events," Rose said.

"We have successfully hosted a number of groups ranging from the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association, the American Bonanza Society, and the Flying Funeral Directors-who knew!-to the Flying Farmers. These groups have loved meeting in Dayton and Montgomery County and experiencing our amazing aviation assets. Their presence has positively contributed to the economic vitality of our community," she added.

"The CVB acquired several leads at the AOPA Summit.  The CVB sales team will work to develop relationships with these groups, to bring representatives in for site visits, and to present bid proposals for hosting their event in Dayton/Montgomery County. It's a process. It doesn't happen overnight," Rose said.

Rose said the CVB will also exhibit next week at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas.
Greene County Historical Society sets quilt exhibit, 1st lunch-and-learn
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The Greene County Historical Society has scheduled the bi-annual Quilt Exhibit for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 25-27, and its first "Lunch and Learn" event is set for Saturday, Oct. 26, according to the historical society's Facebook page.

The Quilt Exhibit is to take place Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. A donation of $5 per person is encouraged, with proceeds supporting the Historical Society. "Lunch and Learn" is geared toward 4th graders. Bring a sack lunch at 11 a.m. and learn about the Galloway family and their log house.
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Mound Science and Energy Museum schedules speaker program Oct. 23

Kenneth Phipps, a retired chemist who worked at the Department of Energy's Mound plant in Miamisburg from 1960 to 1992, will speak at The Mound Science and Energy Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 23. He will discuss reactor development at the Oak Ridge plant in Tennessee and Mound's reactor fuels development program and weapons component development efforts. The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the museum, 1075 Mound Road in Miamisburg.
Note from the executive director
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Over the past 12 months the National Aviation Heritage Alliance has produced this newsletter for those interested in aviation and aviation heritage. The outstanding quality and timeliness of this publication is due to the efforts of Tim Gaffney, director of communications for the Alliance. This week marks the first anniversary of Tim's arrival as a member of the staff.

After a very successful career as a journalist for the Dayton Daily News and a year as media relations specialist at Wright State University, I asked Tim to bring his talents to the work of the alliance and thankfully, he accepted the offer. The newsletter is one of the ways Tim is promoting the fascinating history of not just the Wright brothers but others who followed them. He has done numerous news releases, and as a result we have seen stories about the region placed in national publications associated with the aviation and aerospace industry.

It's also noteworthy to mention Tim has begun work on a new book that will focus on the Wright brothers and the birth of the aviation industry in Dayton. It's to be released mid-2014 by The History Press of Charleston, S.C., and will provide the world with a new view of the role that Daytonians played in advancing the airplane as one of the most important inventions of the 20th century.

On behalf of the trustees who guide the alliance, I want to offer a big thanks to Tim for his passion for writing and telling the stories of the National Aviation Heritage Area and hope that he will be a part of this effort for many years to come!

--Tony Sculimbrene, executive director, NAHA
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