Dayton’s national park will present the Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Huffman Prairie Flying Field.
The annual event celebrates the general time period of the Wright brothers, from the 1890s to the 1930s and ’40s. The event showcases the work of the brothers in the development of practical flight and highlights some of the changes that have occurred since then.
The event provides a fun way to explore the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, its environment and the time period the brothers lived in. It’s also a way for organizations with similar purposes to reach out to the general public. Huffman Prairie Flying Field is where Wilbur and Orville Wright turned their idea of powered flight into a practical, usable machine between 1904 and 1905. The Flying Field is where the brothers trained the next generation of aviators between 1910 and 1916, and today the area is part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Scheduled activities include bouncy houses and carnival games for kids and a simulator of the 1911 Wright Model B airplane. Seven static aircraft will be on display as well as a glider and hot air balloons. Numerous organizations and agencies from throughout the Miami Valley will have exhibits. There will be a silent film shown in the replica hangar along with commentary by Paul Glenshaw from the Wright Experience in Virginia. There will also be radio controlled model planes flying and sheep herding demonstrations.
The Aero Carnival is presented by Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in partnership with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. To reach the flying field, enter Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at Gate 16A off Ohio 444 in Fairborn. The gate is open to the public. For more information call the park at 937-225-7705.
Symmes Road Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433