If you’re an aviation aficionado or a history devotee and are near Dayton, Ohio, here’s what you need to do today: get yourself to the National Museum of the US Air Force for the World War I event Dawn Patrol.
They have replica World War I era planes and radio controlled aircraft in the air and on display. There are some very old cars, vendors and reenactors who are eager to chat.
My dad and I went yesterday. Honestly, the weather was gusty and cool, making it hard to enjoy but there was still some great stuff to see.
First off, the planes!
The flying got started a little late because most of these planes are too light to handle well in these windy conditions. Here’s another.
The RC Aircraft always impresses me. These planes are built with an incredible degree of detail and often sound realistic from the air.
There was a small collection of period cars too. This 1908 Buick is pretty special. That’s the owner checking out the motor.
I always get a kick out of reenactors who are willing to share stories and demonstrate the things they find interesting.
Here’s one more picture for good measure.
This last plane is a full scale Fokker that my pal Dewey has been flying for the owner who is an aviation enthusiast but not a pilot. It’s a pretty special plane to see in person so be sure to look for it if you go today.
Want to go? Dawn Patrol info can be found here. It ends at five so be sure to hurry up and get there! While you’re there, stop by the museum for a look around!