This year marks the 100th anniversary of Wilbur Wright Field and McCook Field, both predecessors to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The National Park Service and the U.S. Air Force will celebrate it on Saturday, Sept., with the Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival on the Huffman Prairie Flying Field.
The free event will offer family activities from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. The public entrance to the historic flying field is via Gate 16A on Wright-Patterson.
A variety of activities will celebrate the time period of the Wright brothers, from the 1890s to the 1940s. Wilbur and Orville Wright developed the principles of heavier-than-air flight and opened the age of aviation.
After proving that powered flight was possible at Kitty Hawk, Wilbur and Orville continued their experiments on Huffman Prairie in 1904 and 1905, when they showed that flight was not only possible, but practical. It was the site of the Wright Company’s local flying school from 1910 to 1916, and today the area is a part of Wright-Patterson.
Aero carnival activities will include bouncy houses, carnival games, historic aviation films, model rocket workshops, sheep herding, hay rides and other activities. Several vintage aircraft will be on static display, including a replica Wright Model B, the airplane pioneer aviators learned to fly on the prairie. Visitors may also try out a Wright Model B simulator. Two parachute jumps are scheduled, weather permitting. A number of organizations and agencies from throughout the Miami Valley will have exhibits and displays.
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. Call the park at 937-225-7705 or visit the aero carnival web page for more information.