National Aviation Heritage Area

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.

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Driving: 

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