Last Sunday after church we took a short 1.5 hour "flight" (I drive really fast) over to Dayton, Ohio to check out the aviation heritage of the state. We typed in the first address to the GPS and it took us downtown to the first stop of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Parks: The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. When we first drove up we thought it was closed because there was absolutley no one there and you could just park on the street. So we didn't know if we were supposed to be here. So we went inside and no one was in their either except for a very eager national park attendant. He was very excited and informative. Anyway, there was a national park film crew making a video for the park that wanted to have us in their film. Needless to say we are probably famous by now.
The aviation parks are strewn about the town and the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center was just the first of four that we would visit that day. The next stop was about 75 steps away at the Wright Cycle Company building which was the actual building that the Wrigth brothers ran their cycle company out of (except located several feet from its original location and restored).
After watching a very cool video narrated by Martin Sheen on the Wright brothers and taking some pictures we piled into the car to drive to the next site several miles away. First we visited the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center where Nicole spotted a dude with the longest dreds that we had ever seen (we even have a picture to prove it). The kids are posing next to the Wright Memorial.
The last stop was the Huffman Prairie Flying Field where all of their Ohio test flights were done. Apparently it was some dude's cow pasture. It was cool to be at this historic spot but it was basically just an empty field and therefore not very exciting for the kids. We wandered around there for about 15 minutes. Next time we visit Dayton we'll go to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.