What do an airplane hangar in Le Mans, France, a rowboat in Lake Huron's Georgian Bay, and a mansion in Oakwood, Ohio, have in common? The Wright brothers . . . and their dogs!
On Saturday, October 6 and 13, and Sunday, October 7 from 9:00-11:00am, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park will offer a FREE dog walk ranger program at Huffman Prairie Flying Field. This field was the site of the first flight of a practical airplane and the location of the Wright Company's School of Aviation.
Visitors and their leashed dogs, as well as those without pets, will meet at Simms Station parking area for the talk and walk. A park ranger will share stories of how two dogs, Flyer and Scipio, brought a sense of normalcy into the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Following this short talk, visitors and pets will walk the perimeter of Huffman Prairie Flying Field. Huffman Prairie Flying Field is accessed from Gate 16A of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, off of State Highway 444. Follow Hebble Creek Rd. around the southern side of Huffman Prairie Flying Field to its intersection with Marl Rd. Bear right and continue to the Simms Station parking area.
The total distance of the walk will be approximately 2 miles. Participants may stay for the full 2 hours, or leave at their convenience. People with pets are expected to pick up after their animals. No water is available at the site or along the walk; bring your own water (and dish for dogs). Insect repellant is also recommended.
For more information, call the National Park Service at 937-225-7705.