April 18, 2014 
NAHA studies Wright factory acquisition
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Artist's rendering of Wright factory restored as national park unit (Image: NAHA)

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) has launched a feasibility study for a national capital fundraising campaign for the Wright brothers' factory site.


NAHA's board of trustees voted in its regular meeting on April 8, to hire Pruehs & Associates LLC of Chicago to conduct the study, which represents NAHA's first step in the campaign. The study is expected to take approximately three months.


The campaign's primary goal would be to secure the two historic Wright Company factory buildings and surrounding property for future use as a unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. The site is a part of the former Delphi Home Avenue automotive parts manufacturing plant. Read NAHA's news release for more details.

Heritage defender Gerald Sharkey passes
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Jerry Sharkey (l) and U.S. Judge Walter Rice at national park anniversary  in 2012 (Photo: NAHA

Gerald S. "Jerry" Sharkey, whose passion for Dayton and its aviation heritage helped reawaken Dayton's appreciation for its historic Wright brothers places, died April 7 at age 71.

His contributions merited an obituary in the April 11 Washington Post, which was reprinted in other newspapers including the Boston Globe and the Columbus Dispatch. Go here to read the story. 
John Bosch is ATI's Trailblazer for 2014
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John Bosch, a respected aviation advocate, community supporter and businessman, is Aviation Trail Inc.'s (ATI's) 2014 Trailblazer.


Chairman and CEO of Commander Aero Inc. (CAI) located at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miami Twp., John received the award April 16 at ATI's annual Trailblazer dinner.


John is a founding trustee and past chair of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance and past chair of Wright "B" Flyer, Inc. and the Engineers Club of Dayton. He has served on the boards of the Air Force Museum Foundation and the National Aviation Hall of Fame.


After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science in engineering in 1951, Bosch served in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer. Afterward he joined GE's Aircraft Equipment Division as a design engineer and progressed to chief engineer and general manager for a 28-year career. He later was president of Sheffield Measurement, a Division of Bendix.

Hawthorn Hill marks its 100th anniversary
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Orville Wright, his sister Katharine and their father Bishop Milton Wright moved into their new Oakwood estate in April 1914. On April 27, Dayton History and the Oakwood Historical Society will observe the home's centennial anniversary with walking tours and a special display of pieces of the home's original furniture. Dayton History is selling tickets for this one-time event. Read the news release for more information.
USAF museum lecture details spy satellite
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Hexagon KH-9 satellite (Photo: USAF)

Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force can learn about spy satellites during the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series.

A special presentation will focus on orbital reconnaissance, and in particular, the development
and design of the Hexagon KH-9 satellite for the CIA.

Phil Pressel, project engineer for the Hexagon KH-9 satellite's cameras, will present "The Hexagon KH-9 Reconnaissance Satellite" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 in the museum's Carney Auditorium. He will discuss the last orbiting reconnaissance camera ("spy in the sky") that used film for photography and how it played an important part in U.S. intelligence and aerospace history. Read the museum's news release for more details.
Students win Lewis Jackson scholarships
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Austin Schoening and Cheyenne Benson won the 2014 Lews A. Jackson Scholarship (Photo: contributed)
The 2014 winners of the Lewis A Jackson Aviation Scholarships have been announced by the Jackson Aviation Committee at Greene County's Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport.


The winners are Austin Schoening, a sophomore at Fairborn High School and Cheyenne Benson, a sophomore at the Dayton Area STEM School.


Lewis A. Jackson was director of training at the Tuskegee Institute, a president of Central State University and had many other accomplishments. He was a charter member of the Greene County Regional Airport Authority and was instrumental in the construction of the Greene County Airport. Go here for more information about the scholarship winners and here for more information about Lewis Jackson. 

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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 * 937-443-0165
Be a Leader in Flight!
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Show your pride in Ohio's aerospace industry and support aviation heritage. Your registration provides $15 to support NAHA's activities.
Urban Nights May 9!
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Urban Nights is coming to downtown Dayton and the Wright-Dunbar Business Village and neighborhood on Friday, May 9. Enjoy great R&B and gospel live entertainment, Kids' Educational Fun-N-Play area, cultural arts and step shows, unique and tasty cuisine, all set in the historical neighborhood of the Wright brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar.


Urban Nights in Wright-Dunbar is a collaboration with the Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP). NAHA is supporting Wright-Dunbar with staff resources and planning. Visit DDP's website for more details and check our Facebook Page for updates.
Aviation on WYSO
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An airplane in every garage? Read or listen to Paul Glenshaw's commentary about the Ercoupe on WYSO public radio, 91.3 FM. WYSO's aviation commentary is supported in part by NAHA.
In the news
How GE Aviation's headquarters relates to the Wright brothers (Dayton Daily News)

Wright Brothers airplane factory project proceeds (Dayton Business Journal)

Wright brothers' factory could become part of National Park System (WYSO)

 Manufacturers needed to grow Ohio aerospace supply chain (Dayton Business Journal)

Part of road to be named for Neil Armstrong (Springfield News-Sun)

Wright State to host Air Camp again this summer (Chillicothe Gazette)

Museum to host fundraiser (Kitsap Sun)
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