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World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous to feature many attractions and hands-on activities

DAYTON, Ohio -- Visitors got a better understanding of the war in Europe with Buckeye Gamers in Flight’s giant WWI board game “Wings of Glory” during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The 2018 WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will not only allow visitors to see great flying action from the early years of aviation, but also includes many other attractions and free interactive educational programs such as Buckeye Gamers in Flight’s giant WWI board game “Wings of Glory," Sept. 22-23 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Activities during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014, included full- and 7/8-scale aircraft (flying and static), period re-enactors in a war encampment setting, era automobiles, flying exhibitions by WWI radio-controlled aircraft, educational activities and a collector's show for WWI items. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The 11th WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will take place Sept. 22-23, 2018, and includes full- and 7/8-scale aircraft (flying and static), period re-enactors in a war encampment setting, era automobiles, flying exhibitions by WWI radio-controlled aircraft, educational activities and a collector's show for WWI items. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- More than 100 WWI-era radio-controlled model aircraft, some as large as 1/2-scale, performed during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The 11th WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will take place Sept. 22-23, 2018, and includes full- and 7/8-scale aircraft (flying and static), period re-enactors in a war encampment setting, era automobiles, flying exhibitions by WWI radio-controlled aircraft, educational activities and a collector's show for WWI items. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- A multi-activity tent featured lectures by seven authors during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The 11th WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will take place Sept. 22-23, 2018, and includes full- and 7/8-scale aircraft (flying and static), period re-enactors in a war encampment setting, era automobiles, flying exhibitions by WWI radio-controlled aircraft, educational activities and a collector's show for WWI items. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Visitors encountered more than 60 re-enactors in a war encampment setting during the Tenth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 1-2, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Lent)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The 11th WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will take place Sept. 22-23, 2018, and includes full- and 7/8-scale aircraft (flying and static), period re-enactors in a war encampment setting, era automobiles, flying exhibitions by WWI radio-controlled aircraft, educational activities and a collector's show for WWI items. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- World War I reenactors participated in the Tenth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Oct. 1-2, 2016, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The 11th WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will take place Sept. 22-23, 2018, and includes full- and 7/8-scale aircraft (flying and static), period re-enactors in a war encampment setting, era automobiles, flying exhibitions by WWI radio-controlled aircraft, educational activities and a collector's show for WWI items. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Visitors will encounter more than 60 re-enactors performing skits in a war encampment during the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The 11th WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will take place Sept. 22-23, 2018, and includes full- and 7/8-scale aircraft (flying and static), period re-enactors in a war encampment setting, era automobiles, flying exhibitions by WWI radio-controlled aircraft, educational activities and a collector's show for WWI items. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Food trucks were a new feature at the Ninth WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous on Sept. 27-28, 2014. The event featured food trucks from El Meson, Hunger Paynes and Lilia’s Outside Café. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The 11th WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will take place Sept. 22-23, 2018, and includes full- and 7/8-scale aircraft (flying and static), period re-enactors in a war encampment setting, era automobiles, flying exhibitions by WWI radio-controlled aircraft, educational activities and a collector's show for WWI items. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio --

The 2018 WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will not only allow visitors to see great flying action from the early years of aviation, but also includes many other attractions and free interactive educational programs that provide a hands-on experience for the entire family, Sept. 22-23 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Along with the full-scale aircraft, the event includes period re-enactors in a war encampment setting; era automobiles on display and participating in a parade, flying exhibitions by WWI radio-controlled aircraft; guest speakers, a collector’s show for WWI items, and merchandise for sale.

Fourteen presentations from WWI authors will take place on the hour throughout the weekend beginning with “Banfield,” by Jim Wilberg on Saturday at 10 a.m., and ending with “Junkers Aircraft” by Colin Owers on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Popular hands-on educational activities will return, such as Buckeye Gamers in Flight's WWI giant board game, "Wings of Glory," which provides participants with a better understanding of the war in Europe and the number of countries involved, and Aces Over Wright Field’s aircraft computer simulators for those who want the experience of flying a WWI aircraft.

The museum’s education division will invite those at the event to learn about trajectory by playing a game that challenges participants to hit a target while compensating for wind and gravity. There will also be a trivia game on the museum’s WWI exhibits located inside the museum towards the end of the WWI Gallery.

Food trucks will also be available from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day including A Cut Above, Dayton Urban BBQ, El Meson, Food on the Run, Lilia's Outside Café, and TJ Nice Cream. Cumberland Kettle Corn will also be available for purchase. (Federal endorsement is not implied.)                                             

Gates will be open each day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Visitors may reach the event site by coming through the “Spinning Road Gate,” located at the intersection of Airway and Spinning Roads (Joe Greene Way), or driving through the main museum gate on Springfield Street and following the signs that lead to the event area. Portions of the event are weather dependent. Please visit the museum’s website at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil for the latest updates.                                                                                 

The 2018 WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will be the eleventh 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 2016.

This event is also being supported through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement is not implied.)

In addition to the flying event, the museum has launched a WWI anniversary page on its website. Through 2018, a WWI-related artifact will be featured, along with links to other online resources. Visit http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Collections/FeaturedAccessions.aspx to learn more.
 
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit
www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.
                                                                 

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact Rob Bardua at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1386, or visit https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/WWI-Dawn-Patrol/. A detailed video illustrating the event is also available at:

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