Explore Space without Leaving Ohio

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The John & Annie Glenn Historic Site


The John and Annie Glenn Historic Site, housed in John Glenn's boyhood home on Main Street in New Concord, Ohio, recognizes and honors the lives of the Glenns and relates the story of the 20th century America through their lives.



Armstrong Air & Space Museum


Ohio's long and proud history as a pioneer in mankind's quest for flight culminated in 1969, when Wapakoneta native Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Among the items on display are a moon rock, an F5D Skylancer Plane, the Gemini 8 spacecraft and numerous Apollo 11 artifacts.



National Museum of the United States Air Force


The National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the service's national institution for preserving and presenting the Air Force story. Each year more than one million visitors come to the museum to learn about the mission, history and evolving capabilities of America's Air Force.



One of the exhibits is the Missile & Space Gallery. Visitors can view missiles such as the Titan I and II and Jupiter from ground level or can take in an aerial view from an elevated platform that hugs the inside circumference of the gallery. As part of the museum's ongoing expansion efforts, the gallery also features a portion of the museum's space collection, including the Apollo 15 Command Module, Mercury and Gemini capsules, rocket engines, satellites and balloon gondolas.



Aviation Trail


The Dayton Aviation Trial is a self-guided tour of select, aviation-related sites. Below are the site on the Aviation Trail that were visited during the production of "To the Moon: Ohio's Journey".



Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and Aviation Trail Visitor Center


Wilbur and Orville Wright had a job printing business in a second floor corner suite of the Hoover Block building from 1890 to 1895. One of their associates in the printing business was Paul Laurence Dunbar, a friend of the Wrights and later an internationally know black poet. The exhibits tell about the lives of the three men and the West Side Dayton neighborhood which the building is located.



The Wright Cycle Company


Wilbur and Orville Wright operated a bicycle shop in a building on Williams Street, in Dayton, Ohio from 1895 to 1897.  In 1896, they started on their journey to unlock the secrets of flight.  The skills they learned while manufacturing their own brand of bicycles proved essential in building the world's first airplane.



Huffman Prairie Flying Field


Wilbur and Orville Wright flew their experimental airplanes at Huffman Prairie field in 1904 (Flyer II) and 1905 (Flyer III).  The Wright brothers said they learned how to fly at Huffman Prairie. 



It is the site where the Wright brothers perfected the airplane and created the world's first airport. Today you can see a replica of the 1905 hangar constructed by the Wright brothers, as well as a replica catapult system.



Carillon Historical Park


Where else can you see the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world's first practical airplane and National Historic Landmark.



The 1905 Flyer is the world's first practical airplane. In the fall of 1905 Wilbur and Orville Wright piloted this airplane in record breaking flights at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field just outside of Dayton, Ohio.


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