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Taking flight – and vacation – in Dayton, Ohio

The famous Memphis Belle is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
The famous Memphis Belle is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

It’s well worth the trip to visit the historic city of Dayton, Ohio,

The famous Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, are from Dayton and it is known as the birthplace of aviation.

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It lays claim to being “the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum featuring more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display amid more than 19 acres (7.5 hectares) of indoor exhibit space.”

One thing that came to us a nice surprise — entry is free. No one will ask for your credit card at the front door. This is something we Canadians are not used to.

As a first-time guest, the sheer size of the museum is impressive, as are its many aviation displays.

Guests are treated to military aviation and Air Force history, including the Early Years, First World War, Second World War, Korea, Southeast Asia, the Cold War, Flying the President, Research and Development, Global Reach, and Space.

The highlights for us were touring some of the older Air Force One planes, seeing where John F. Kennedy and other presidents conducted business, and the fun challenge of trying to land a plane in one of their flight simulators.

The Wright Brothers National Museum also is in Dayton. It boasts to have “more Wright artifacts on display than any other place in the world, including the 1905 Wright Flyer III.”

We were lucky enough to get lodging at Drury Inn & Suits. It is clean, comfortable and safe, and has an indoor/outdoor pool.

The Drury is famous in the U.S.A. for offering an impressive hot breakfast feast and something called 5:30 Kickback. It is a rotating menu of hot food and each adult gets three free drink tickets. Taking advantage of these perks by eating breakfast and supper at the hotel can save a family a lot of money.