Home of the Wright brothers and long known as the Birthplace of Aviation, the Dayton, OH region is now recognized as the National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA) in honor of the region’s leadership in our nation’s aviation history. Highlighted at their excellent and informative website at www.aviationheritagearea.org, there is a lot of great information about our abundant local aviation heritage – in fact, upon visiting NAHA, you can grasp the significance of the region and come away with a new appreciation of one of America’s greatest stories. Today, it continues that heritage as one of the most significant regions in the world for aviation advancement.
If you’re interested in watching the trains passing through Tipp, we can recommend a nice empty lot on Sixth Street behind the S&G Painting Building. There used to be an old building here but it was torn down recently and now there is an unobstructed view for at least a hundred feet in each direction up and down the tracks. Some of these locations are private property, so please ask permission before visiting.
The WACO Aircraft Company was the largest manufacturer of civil aircraft in the country in the late 1920's and early 30's in Troy and WACO Air Museum is dedicated to the factory and the employees that made it great. WACO also designed and manufactured the CG4A Glider used in WW II. The museum houses 10 airplanes, a Glider Theatre and WACO simulator. Experience the ride of a lifetime in an open cockpit bi-plane.
Get a sweeping view of Air Force and military aviation progress at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the largest and oldest museum of its kind in the world. You’ll discover more than 300 aircraft and aerospace vehicles on display, many rare and one-of-a-kind. In addition, you’ll find thousands of historical aviation artifacts, along with powerful sensory exhibits that bring military aviation history to life.