Dayton, OH is one of the most important cities in the development of aviation technology: it’s the city where Orville and Wilbur Wright spent most of their adult lives, maintained bicycle and print shops and ultimately invented the first sustained aircraft. Today, the city of Dayton contains many museums, monuments and historical sites that pay tribute to the Wright Brothers and the world of aviation. Read below to learn about some of the aviation attractions Dayton has to offer!
The U.S. Air Force Museum, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force base, features historic aircraft and artifacts from throughout aviation history, from the dawn of flight all the way through the 21st century. Among the exhibits are aircraft from every major war in the 1900s, a Space Shuttle Exhibit and a Presidential Gallery featuring aircraft that served every United States President since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Each exhibit at this world-class museum features detailed information about the history, significance, and usage of the aircraft or aviation related item.
This park is made up of five different units that revolve around the Wright Brothers, as well as their contributions to the aviation community. The park is scattered across Dayton at several important Wright Brothers locations: Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is located at the site of the Brothers’ second print shop, while the Huffman Prairie Flying Field sits where the team tested many of their inventions after returning from Kitty Hawk. Each location features exhibits and educational events that center on Dayton’s ongoing contributions to the aviation world.
Hartzell Propeller is proud of Dayton’s great contributions to aviation history! Our business has its roots in the Wright Brothers’ story: it was Orville who first suggested that Robert N. Hartzell use his company’s wood to develop aircraft propellers. 100 years later, we’re committed to developing long-lasting propellers and services!