Dayton Aviation Sites


Dayton Aviation Sites is part of the Tentative list of United States of America in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Dayton Aviation Sites consist of locations around the city of Dayton, Ohio, where Orville and Wilbur Wright pioneered efforts in human flight. The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park includes the primary residence of Orville Wright, the Cycle Company shop where the Wright Brothers conducted early aviation experiments, and Wright Hall, which houses the Wright Flyer III, the world’s first airplane that could repeatedly take off, fly until exhausting its fuel supply, and land safely. Huffman Prairie is a cow pasture that the brothers used for test flights in 1904 and 1905, including those of the revolutionary Wright Flyer III.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Jeff Ditmire

United States of America - 21-Apr-10 -

Dayton, Ohio, is the birthplace of aviation, and it is only fitting to tour some of the places that inspired such innovation from Orville and Wilbur Wright. The Wright Cycle Shop is an excellently restored walk back in time in a historic part of west Dayton, near downtown. The Wright Brothers began as bicycle shop owners and then mastered powered flight. You can see a replica of the Wright B Flyer III at Wright Hall. Hawthorne Hill is majestic mansion that teh Wright Brothers built, where they lived with their sister, Catherine. A trip to Dayton is not complete without visiting the US Air Force Museum -- but be prepared to walk, as it is massive. One of the most beautiful and inspiring buildings in Dayton is The Dayton Art Institute. Not only architecturally stunning, inside it houses some rare collections of early American Furnishings and classic French Impressionists, too. The view from aptly named Dayton View gives you a full perspective of the Great Miami River and Downtown Dayton. Even after surviving the departure of its last remaining Fortune 500 company, NCR Corporation in 2009, Dayton has an air of sophistication, innovation and culture that is attributed to the early discoveries of people like the Wright Brothers, Charles Kettering and other industrial era capitalists.

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Dayton Aviation Sites
United States of America
Human activity - Transport and Trade
2008 Added to Tentative List

Unesco Website: Dayton Aviation Sites

The site has 4 locations

Dayton Aviation Sites: Huffman Prairie Flying Field (T)
Dayton Aviation Sites: Wright Cycle Company and Wright & Wright Printing (T)
Dayton Aviation Sites: Wright Hall (T)
Dayton Aviation Sites: Hawthorn Hill (T)
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