Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011
Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP celebrated its second annual Huffman Prairie Aero Carnival on Saturday, August 20. Nearly 700 visitors came out to participate in the event.
The park offered a wide variety of activities and programs, including Wright flyer and model airplane simulators, paper airplane building competitions, puppet shows, hay ride tours of the prairie, a bouncy house, carnival games, the silent movie Wings, and heritage games. A Wright B flyer replica was also on display, as were twenty Ford Model A automobiles.
This year’s event commemorated the 100th anniversary of Cal Rodgers’ flight in the Vin Fiz (a Wright EX airplane). Rodgers was the first person to fly across the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific. His trip encompassed seventy-five stops and five major crashes over the forty-nine day trip.
Also commemorated was the centenary of Orville Wright’s return to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where he tested an automatic stabilizing system on a glider similar to the Wright B Flyer. Orville set a world record gliding flight time of 9 minutes and 45 seconds that marked the arrival of modern soaring. Orville’s record would stand for ten years.
The weekend included two other days of family fun. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Recreation Center provided 5K and 10K family runs on Friday evening at Huffman Prairie. An ice cream social sponsored by Aviation Trail, Inc., took place on Sunday at the Wright Memorial next to the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center
The Huffman Prairie Aero Carnival would not have been a success without the help of the park’s partners, including Wright- Patterson AFB, the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, and Aviation Trail, Inc.