National Aviation Heritage Area

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National Aviation Heritage Area

Ohio

(937) 443-0165

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Overview

Uncover the history and progress of aviation through the many attractions and events offered at the National Aviation Heritage Area! Visitors can explore historical sites and museums or enjoy an air show!

In November 2004, Congress recognized the Dayton region as the National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA), in honor of the region's leadership in this nation's aviation history. It began with the Wright Brothers' invention of the airplane in the back of their cycle shop on Dayton's west side in 1903. They later perfected their flying machine on the testing grounds of Huffman Prairie Flying Field, just east of Dayton. Huffman is considered sacred ground by aviation aficionados the world over; meanwhile, the original 1905 Flyer, widely considered the world's most significant airplane still in existence, is on display at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton.

But the Dayton region's contributions to aviation progress merely began with the Wrights. In later years, other milestones would occur in the Dayton region, such as the first military airfield, the first parachute jump, WACO's dominance of civilian aircraft production between the World Wars, and much more. All told, Dayton truly is the Global Center of Aviation Heritage. Today, it continues that heritage as one of the most significant regions in the world for aviation advancement. Dayton is synonymous with aviation.

Map of National Aviation Heritage Area

Latitude, Longitude: 39.762440, -84.205250

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    NAHA already has much to boast about when it comes to historical sites, artifacts and museums. Visitors will find much to experience, whether you spend a day or a full week traveling the Heritage Area. Ultimately, each visitor will have the opportunity to learn how the Wright brothers unlocked the millennia old secrets of human flight, and see how the United States aviation heritage unfolded following the Wright brothers' invention. The NAHA offers numerous attractions for visitors including: Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and The Wright Cycle Company, John W. Berry Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center at Carillon Historical Park, Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial, Hawthorn Hill, Huffman Prairie, Flying Field Interpretive Center, Vectren Dayton Air Show, ...and much more!

Directions

Driving

Most NAHA attractions are found along I-75 and I-675 near Dayton, OH.

Phone Numbers

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(937) 443-0165

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