For immediate release
Friday, Sept. 18, 2015
Timothy R. Gaffney
Director of Communications
(937) 219-8277 (mobile)
Editors: Closer to the summit, we will release times and heritage site locations where summit participants will be available for brief interviews and photos. A high-resolution summit graphic is available on request.
DAYTON, Ohio, Sept. 18—A dozen aviation media professionals with national or international audiences will get an exclusive, in-depth look at many of the region’s nationally important aviation heritage sites, the National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) announced today.
The first NAHA Aviation Writers Summit Presented by Dayton International Airport will feature exclusive tours of 12 aviation heritage sites in the eight-county National Aviation Heritage Area from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, NAHA officials said.
The summit will include a welcome program and dinner in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the adjoining National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Tom D. Crouch, senior curator of aeronautics at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., a Dayton-area native and a NAHA trustee.
Summit participants will spend all day Thursday and part of Friday touring several aviation heritage sites. Thursday evening will include a reception and tour at Hawthorn Hill, Orville Wright’s mansion in Oakwood, hosted by descendants of the Wright brothers.
Additionally, most participants have signed up for orientation flights—weather permitting—in the Champaign Aviation Museum’s B-25 Mitchell bomber Champaign Gal at Grimes Field Airport in Urbana and on the Wright B Flyer at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miami Twp.
“We believe Dayton should be a must-see destination for all aviation enthusiasts, and we hope these writers and editors will spread the word about our aviation heritage treasures worldwide,” said Susan Richardson, a NAHA trustee and summit chair.
The event is timed to coincide with the Hall of Fame’s annual enshrinement ceremony on Oct. 2, and several summit participants have elected to extend their visits to cover the enshrinement.
“This is exactly the kind of interest in NAHA partner sites and events that we hoped this summit would spark when we began planning it nearly a year ago,” said Ron Kaplan, Hall of Fame enshrinement director.
Besides Dayton International Airport, sponsors include the Wright Family Foundation, the Allied Group AAA, Dayton Marriott Hotel, the convention and visitors bureaus of Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties and United Airlines.
Several NAHA partners provided significant in-kind support, including the Air Force Museum Foundation, Champaign Aviation Museum, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Dayton History, National Aviation Hall of Fame, Wright B Flyer Inc. and Wright State University Special Collections and Archives.
The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation designated by Congress as the management entity of the National Aviation Heritage Area. NAHA’s vision is for the Heritage Area to be the recognized center of aviation heritage tourism and aerospace innovation, sustaining the legacy of the Wright Brothers. The National Aviation Heritage Area is one of 49 National Heritage Areas in a program administered by the National Park Service. It encompasses eight Ohio counties—Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Warren, Champaign, Shelby and Auglaize. Visit www.aviationheritagearea.org to learn more about NAHA.