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Dayton Aviation Heritage

July 14, 2013

7/14 – Sunday was always family day.  Even though we no longer have children at home we thought – “Why not have a Family Day!”

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Our first stop was Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center and the Wright Brothers Memorial at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB).  It is part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.  We watched an award winning video about the Wright brother’s plane designs and trials, toured the museum, and after a little instruction, got to try and fly a 1905 Wright Flyer III.

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You were given three attempts to keep the plane (video simulation) in the air for three minutes without crashing.  It was harder than it looks but we both earned our certificates!

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I have always loved airplanes and am considering donating my 1950’s airplane card collection to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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Wright Memorial erected by Daytonians in 1940

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The world’s first airport, replica of 1905 hangar and launching catapult at Huffman Prairie Flying Field

 

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