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September 22 & 23, 2018
September 22 & 23, 2018
September 22 & 23, 2018
September 22 & 23, 2018
September 22 & 23, 2018
September 22 & 23, 2018

World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous

2018 World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous

September 22 & 23, 2018

 

This two-day flying event of authentic and replica World War I aircraft is offered every other year by the museum and the Great War Aeroplanes Association. The event includes WWI living history re-enactors in a war encampment area, radio-controlled model aircraft, period vehicles, music and a collector’s show of WWI era items. The event will include guest speakers on WWI topics as well as many family hands-on and educational activities.

 

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I with an event that will take you back in time.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force hosts outdoor aviation events each year (weather permitting).

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Entrance and Parking

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 through the main museum gate on Springfield Street and following the signs that lead to the event area.

WWI Dawn Patrol Event Schedule

September 22 & 23, 2018, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Full-scale and 7/8-scale WWI reproduction aircraft and WWI radio-controlled aircraft will fly several times throughout both days (weather dependent). In addition, visitors will get to see WWI re-enactor encampments, vintage automobiles from the era, guest speakers, and more.

Flying Schedule

(subject to change depending on weather conditions)

Saturday and Sunday

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.                Full-Scale Aircraft

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.              Radio-controlled Aircraft

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.                Full-Scale Aircraft

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.                  Radio-controlled Aircraft

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.                  Full-Scale Aircraft


Guest Speakers

(subject to change)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time

Speaker

Topic

10 a.m.

Jim Wilberg

Banfield

11 a.m.

Greg VanWyngarden

Jasta 18, 36, or JGIII

12 p.m.

Jack Herris

Allied vs. German Warplane Development

1 p.m.

Dick Bennett

In the Red Baron's Propwash - tracing von Richthofen's last flight 100 years later

2 p.m.

Peter Feders

Effects of air power in 1916; Verdun and Somme

3 p.m.

Mike O’Neal

Independent Force; American aviators in the British strategic bombing campaign

4 p.m.

Colin Owers

Junkers Aircraft

 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Time

Speaker

Topic

10 a.m.

Jon Guttman

TBD

11 a.m.

Dick Bennett

In the Red Baron's Propwash - tracing von Richthofen's last flight 100 years later

12 p.m.

Jack Herris

Allied vs. German Warplane Development

1 p.m.

Greg VanWyngarden

Jasta 18, 36, or JGIII

2 p.m.

Jack Herris

Germany's Triplane Craze

3 p.m.

Mike O’Neal

Independent Force: American aviators in the British strategic bombing campaign

4 p.m.

Colin Owers

Junkers Aircraft

 

Education Programs

Education IconLearn about trajectory by playing a game that challenges participants to hit a target while compensating for wind and gravity.

Play a trivia game on the museum’s WWI exhibits located inside the museum’s Early Years Gallery.

Hands-on Activities and Games

WWI board game

 -  Buckeye Gamers in Flight's WWI giant board game, "Wings of Glory," provides participants with a better understanding of the war in Europe.

 -  Aces Over Wright Field’s aircraft computer simulators for those who want the experience of flying a WWI aircraft.

Event Donors

Air Force Museum Foundation

These supporters celebrate the WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous through their generous contributions to the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc.

Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Dayton International Airport
National Aviation Heritage Area
Robert and Erma Scott
Greene County Convention Visitor's Bureau
MacAir


Other supporters include:
Alley Cat Designs, Inc.
Balsa USA

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Area Lodging

For information on lodging in the area, please check with the local convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs):

Dayton/Montgomery County CVB
Greene County CVB
Butler County Visitors Bureau
Greater Springfield CVB
Miami County CVB
Warren County CVB

Security Notice

Please note that for security reasons, all bags are subject to search, and weapons are not permitted within the museum. In addition, all adults may be asked to show their picture identification card upon entering the museum.

Media Registration

Media registration has closed.

Monument Dedication Ceremony

Photo
World War I Airmen Monument Ceremony

Friday, September 21, 2018, 1 p.m., Memorial Park

 

The public is invited to attend a ceremony on Friday, September 21 at 1 p.m. The monument honors the more than 78,000 airmen who served the U.S. Army Air Service of the American Expeditionary Force and those who served with other air services during World War I. The event will conclude with an aerial parade of World War I replica aircraft. The monument is being dedicated by the League of World War I Aviation Historians.
(In the case of inclement weather, this ceremony will be held inside the museum’s Carney Auditorium).

Special Thanks

Participating Organizations


Antique Auto Club of America/Snappers Gas & Brass
Great War Aeroplanes Association
Great War Association
Buckeye Gamers in Flight
Aces Over Wright Field
Aeronaut Books


Event Announcer


Stephen Skinner,
author of "THE STAND: The Final Flight of Lt. Frank Luke, Jr."


Aircraft


Flying

Curtiss JN4 Jenny
Fokker DR-1
Fokker DVII
Junkers CL1
Nieuport 11
Nieuport 12
Nieuport 17
Nieuport 23
Nieuport C-1
German Bowers Junkers CL1
SE5
SE5A
Siemens Schuckert
Sopwith Pup
Sopwith Schneider
SPAD XIII

Static Display

Nieuport 11
Nieuport 17
SE5
SE5A
Sopwith Camel
SPAD XIII
Fokker DVII
Fokker DR-1

Vintage Automobiles

1909 Ford Runabout
1909 Maxwell Model B
1910 Buick Model 19
1911 Davis Model 35
1911 Ford Model T
1911 Marmon Model 32 Speedster
1912 Overland
1912 McLaughlin Buick
1914 Packard Runabout
1915 Oakland Model 28 Touring
1915 Ford Model T Roadster
Ford Model T Ambulance

Food Trucks

Food on a Run
A Cut Above
Lilia's Outside Cafe
TJ Nice Ice Cream
El Meson
Dayton Urban BBQ
Cumberland Kettle Corn

Vendors & Displays

Alley Cat Designs

Aeronaut Books

Air Ace Models

Balsa USA

Byrd Aviation Books

Dayton Stamp Club

Jon Frye Aviation Artifacts

G-Man Collectibles

League of WWI Historians

Kip Motor Company

Military Toy Shop

Models & More

Rag Bag Aero Works

Russell Smith Studios

Wings and Things Military Collectibles


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WWI Centenary

World War I Centenary2014-2018 commemorates the centennial of the First World War. Aug. 4, 2014 marks the beginning of the centenary, which concludes on Nov. 11, 2018. Click here for information and online resources in commemoration of the Great War.

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