United States Air and Trade Show


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United States Air and Trade Show

Third weekend in July
Dayton, Ohio, has been a center for aeronautical research and development ever since two of its local residents, Orville and Wilbur Wright, created the first successful flying machine in their bicycle shop and tested their invention just a few miles outside of town.
Dayton began celebrating its heritage as "the birthplace of aviation" by staging informal air shows shortly after the turn of the century, and by the early 1970s, the Dayton Air Fair was a regular annual event consisting of flying demonstrations and aircraft displays. By 1988 it was called the Dayton Air and Trade Show, reflecting a growing emphasis on the commercial aspects of the aviation and aerospace industry. It was renamed the United States Air and Trade Show in 1990, when it became an international exposition, and through the 1990s the trade show was held biennially. The trade show was not held in 2001-2003, however, and its future is uncertain.
Every year, the third weekend in July is devoted to the air show, which features bi-planes, gliders, helicopters, and jets flown by some of the most famous names in the field of aviation.
Visitors and participants can also visit the United States Air Force Museum, the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the restored Wright Brothers Cycle Shop, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which continues to play a major role in the development of aerospace technology.
CONTACTS:
Dayton Air Show
3800 A Wright Dr.
Vandalia, OH 45377
937-898-5901; fax: 937-898-5121
www.usats.org
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