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    R&D Gallery

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    Special requirements and this is straight from the web site:

    The Presidential and Research & Development/Flight Test Galleries, located on the active part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, are accessible using the shuttle bus service from the main museum complex. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early as buses fill up quickly!

    Buses are not handicapped accessible. Individuals requiring special assistance should contact the museum's Operations Division in advance at (937) 255-3286 to arrange transportation.

    Military and Department of Defense civilians with government ID may use their private vehicle to visit the Presidential and R&D/Flight Test Galleries.

    Note: A current government-issued photo ID (i.e. state ID or driver's license) is required for citizens of the U.S. and U.S. territories The Presidential and R&D Galleries are now operating on the following schedule. On weekdays, buses leave the museum every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. On weekends and holidays, buses leave the museum every 45 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Participants must attend a briefing 15 minutes before their bus departs the museum. For those with base access, the galleries will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily (use Gate 1B on week days and Gate 19B on weekends).over age 18. All foreign visitors must present an original passport (a NEXUS card is an acceptable form of ID for Canadian citizens). Those under age 18 must be escorted by an adult (one adult per two children); children are not required to produce identification when accompanying their parents.

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    Cold War Gallery

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 14, 2010

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    This is the Eugene W. Kettering Cold War Gallery that has many aircraft that represent the Cold War era and how the advanced technological achievements changed aviation. The consist of a broad range of fighters, long-range bombers, attack aircraft, reconnaissance, heavy airlift and including the world's only permanent display of a B-2 stealth bomber.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.

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    Modern Flight Gallery

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    The Modern Flight Gallery gives visitors a glimpse of how aviation began to change dramatically during the Korean War area. These exhibits are examples during the Southeast Asia War and the Air Force's involvement in the war with key campaigns such as Operation Rolling Thunder and Operation Linebacker I and II.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.

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    Air Power Gallery

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    This is a wonderful collection of aviation that represents how courageous our men and women were to contribute to aviation history. The Air Power Gallery houses one of the world's top collections of World War II aircraft, campaigns and the outstanding individuals of U.S. Army Air Forces' both of the Pacific and European Theaters.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.5b

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    Early Years Gallery

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    This is part of National Museum of The United State Air Force. We took so many pictures I wanted to share the wonderfully done exhibits of this fantastic museum. Its part of the Early Years chronicled through the World War I and to the lead up to World War II era.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices

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    Working for Peace: Dayton Peace Museum

    by ChartIt Written Feb 20, 2010

    A great opposite to the Airforce Museum in a lot of ways; but both museums show humans stretching their imagination for something amazing. You can learn about leaders of peace movements, music, art, and legislation around the world. They have had exhibits about the Holocaust and the UN too. If you are interested in learning more about non-violent movements or interested in how you could change the world peacefully the museum is a great place to visit. Oh and it is Free to visit.

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    The Aviation Trail in Dayton

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jan 26, 2010

    The self-guided Aviation Trail Tours covers 13 sites that are deemed to have significant value to the development of Aviation: The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center--Aviation Trail Visitor Center, The Wright Cycle Company, Paul Lawrence Dunbar State Memorial, Dayton History- Carillon Historical Park, Woodland Cemetary, The National Museum of the United States Air Force, The National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning and Resource Center, Wright Memorial, Huffman Prairie Flying Field Intepretive Center, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, Wright State University -- Special Collections and Archives, Wright "B" Flyer, and the Waco Museum and Aviation Learning Center.

    Furthermore, there is a book that has a complete collection of local aviation sites, 45 to be exact, for the real airplane enthusiast.

    The locations on the Aviation Trail are linked by distinctive signs pointing visitors along the route.

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    Montgomery County Civil War Memorial Hall

    by Ewingjr98 Written Dec 12, 2009

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    Memorial Hall was erected in 1910 in honor of the Americans who served in the Civil War and the Spanish American War.

    The inscriptions read:

    To those, who in the
    hour of their country's danger,
    tendered their lives.

    To those who gave much and
    to those who gave their all.
    1861-1865.

    Carnifex Ferry • Fort Donelson • Shiloh • Vicksburg • Stone River • Corinth • Perryville • Chickamauga • Lookout Mt. • Missionary R'ge. • Knoxville • Resaca • Peach Tree • Allatoona Pass • Kenesaw • Franklin • Nashville • Jonesboro • Bentonville

    Manassas • The Seven Days • Cedar Mt. • South Mt. • Antietam • Fredericksburg • Chancellorsville • Gettysburg • Brandy Station • Kernstown • Winchester • Cedar Creek • Spottsylvania • Mobile Bay • Cold Harbor • Monocacy • Petersburg • Five Forks • Appomattox

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    Orville Wright's Laboratory

    by Ewingjr98 Written Dec 11, 2009

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    Orville Wright, after he and his brother perfected the airplane, built Wright Aeronautical Laboratory on Broadway in West Dayton, near the Wright Cycle Company and the family’s home. Here Orville worked on projects six days a week, often in an effort to make simple tasks around the home easier. Orville built the simple structure in 1916, then sold it in 1919, but continued to lease and use the building until he died 1948.

    Orville Wright’s Laboratory was demolished in the 1970s, but the facade has since been rebuilt in its original location. Behind the facade is a park-like area, with a white pavilion that has a statue of Orville Wright and an airplane propeller.

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    Downtown Dayton

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 7, 2009

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    Dayton is a city of about 165,000 people in southwestern Ohio, not too far from Cincinnati. Much of Dayton's history and commerce has centered on the aviation industry which got it start here in the Wright Brothers hometown in 1904 and continued with the development of massive Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The city was founded in 1796, incorporated in 1810, and named after signer of the US Constitution Jonathan Dayton (though he never set foot in the city, Dayton received his name because he once owned some 250,000 acres here).

    National Cash Register, headquartered in Dayton since the 1880s, announced in 2009 it was moving out of the state. Events like this cause Forbes to name Dayton, along with Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo on a list of America's fastest dying cities. The largest local employers today are Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (some 25,000 employees), Premier Health Partners (14,000), Kettering Health Network (8,000), and Wright State University (3,000).

    The area's major attractions include the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, and the SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park. There are also several historic neighborhoods, most notably the Oregon District.

    Dayton from the air

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    Church of Sacred Heart - Downtown Dayton

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 5, 2009

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    Sacred Heart Church is a historic church designed by Charles Insco Williams and constructed mainly with limestone, asphalt, sandstone, and copper in a Romanesque style.

    It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 22, 1987, but the building was closed by the Catholic Church in 1996.

    It was later reopened in 2002 by the Catholic Vietnamese Community of Dayton.

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    Main Street Fairborn

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 5, 2009

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    Fairborn is a small town of about 30,000 people, and it boasts a small, but traditional Main Street lined with stores and restaurants. This is the only city in the world named Fairborn, which was created when the towns of Fairfield and Osborn were combined in 1950. The historic Dayton Accords, officially known as The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was signed in Fairfield at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

    Fairborn is a traditional downtown with numerous restaurants such as Foy's Diner, Giovanni's Italian Restaurant, and Donato's Pizza. It also has an annual Sweet Corn Festival every August, the USAF marathon every September, and an annual 4th of July Parade.

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    Wright Memorial, Dayton, Ohio

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 5, 2009

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    The Wright Memorial was dedicated on Orville Wright's 69th birthday, August 19, 1940. If someone built a memorial for me, this is the birthday upon which I'd want it dedicated.

    The monument was built on a hill overlooking Huffman Prairie Flying Field, where the Wright Brothers tested and perfected their flying machine.

    The inscription on the monument reads:

    In commemoration
    of the courage, perseverance
    and achievements of
    Wilbur and Orville
    Wright
    Through original research
    the Wright brothers acquired
    scientific knowledge
    and developed theories
    of aerodynamics
    which with their invention
    of aileron control
    enabled them in 1903
    to build and fly at Kitty Hawk
    the first power-driven
    man-carrying aeroplane
    capable of flight.

    Their further development
    of the aeroplane
    gave it a capacity for service
    which established aviation as
    one of the great forward steps
    in human progress.

    As scientists
    Wilbur and Orville Wright
    discovered the secret of flight.
    As inventors, builders and flyers
    they brought aviation
    to the world

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    Five Rivers Metroparks

    by Tom_Fields Written Jul 21, 2008

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    The Five Rivers Metroparks system comprises a number of parks throughout Dayton, to include the Cox Arboretum and Riverscape Park (covered by other tips). Two others that I enjoyed were at Deeds Point, the Korean War Memorial, and Eastwood Metropark.

    Eastwood Metropark One of the bridges at Eastwood Park Geese swim past Deeds Point Metropark The Dayton skyline seen from Deeds Point The Korean War Memorial
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    Riverscape Metropark

    by Tom_Fields Written Jul 21, 2008

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    This is Dayton's showcase park. Located on the Great Miami River, which is formed by the Stillwater and Mad Rivers, this is Dayton's waterfront. During summertime, the park has live music and fountains. Stick around until dusk, and you'll get to see the multi-colored lights come on. Changing colors every few minutes, they give the rivers a whole different look.
    Check the website for summer festivals.

    Riverscape Metropark Fountains on the plaza Fountains on the river A beaver swims past The lights come on
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