One of the nations’ premier historical aviation events will bring the excitement and adrenaline of World War I air power to the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Sept. 25-27.
The World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will feature vintage reproduction full scale and 7/8 scale aircraft, such as the Nieuport, SE.5 and Fokker DR-1 triplane. Pilots will perform precision flying in the skies above the museum and compete in a flour-bombing competition, with aircraft launching from and landing on the museum’s rear field.
Additional activities will include period re-enactors in a war encampment setting, era automobiles on display and participating in a parade, flying exhibitions by WWI radio-controlled aircraft, and a collector’s show for WWI items. Food and merchandise will also be available for sale.
A biennial event offered by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Great War Aeroplanes Association, the last WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous took place in the fall of 2007.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission and parking are free.
For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.