Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society

The Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society is a group of individuals who are interested in the history of all things aviation.  Each month, the group meets, shares announcements, and has a guest speaker on a variety of topics in aviation history.

Meetings are held the first Monday night of the month (except when it is a holiday or during winter months) at 7:00 P.M. at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center. View map & get directions.  Visitors are welcome!

(If a date is marked “TBD,” then no speaker has yet been scheduled. To suggest a potential speaker, contact Dawne Dewey at 937-775-2011 or


Upcoming Speakers

Meetings resume in Spring 2017!

Previous Speakers

October 3, 2016: Sarah Byrn Rickman, “WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds and Finding Dorothy Scott: Letters of a WASP Pilot” (view PDF flyer)

September 12, 2016: Michael Gough, “The Pulitzer Air Races, American Aviation and Speed Supremacy, 1920-1925” (view PDF flyer)

August 1, 2016: Dan Patterson, “Dayton, Aviation and the Center of the Compass” (view flyer)

July 11, 2016: Colonel Allan Howey, USAF Ret., “Aeronautics in the Civil War” (view PDF flyer)

June 6, 2016: Ken Ginader, “Flight Training for Aerial Combat Against MiGs” (view PDF flyer)

May 2, 2016: Beyond the Powder: The First Women’s Cross Country Air Race (film) (view announcement)

Apr. 4, 2016: Tony Sculimbrene (NAHA) & Jim Blackman (NMUSAF), National Museum of the United States Air Force, Fourth Building Grand Opening (view PDF flyer)

Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016: No meetings during the cold weather months

Oct. 5, 2015: Emil Dansker, “Lunken Looking Up” (highlighting Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport) (view PDF flyer)

Sept. 14, 2015: Dr. Peggy Chabrian, “Women in Aviation” (view PDF flyer)

Aug. 3, 2015: Gretchen Hawk, “Women of WACO” (view PDF flyer)

July 6, 2015: Film viewing (audience choice)

June 1, 2015: Steve Frey, “Lifting Bodies Research” (view PDF flyer)

May 4, 2015: Film: “Flying the Feathered Edge” (The Bob Hoover Project) (view PDF flyer)

Apr. 6, 2015: Dan Patterson, “Lafayette Escadrille” (view PDF flyer)

Nov. 2014-March 2015: No meetings during the cold weather months

Oct. 6, 2014: Tim Gaffney, “Seldom-heard stories about the Wright Brothers” (view PDF flyer); a book-signing for Gaffney’s new book The Dayton Flight Factory: The Wright Brothers & the Birth of Aviation will follow the presentation

Sept. 8, 2014: Dennis Carter, “Low Cost Target Drone” (view PDF flyer)

Aug. 4, 2014: Don Willis, “To the Moon and Back” (view PDF flyer)

July 7, 2014: Sarah Rickman, premiering a new short documentary Dorothy Scott, an Original, and discussing her book Flight From Fear (view PDF flyer)

June 2, 2014: Vic Bilek, “Stories from December 8, 1941, at Wright Field” (view PDF flyer).

May 5, 2014: Dave Crawford, “Delta G” (view PDF flyer).

Apr. 7, 2014: Steve Frey, introduction & viewing of film “North American Aviation, Inc., presents: Air Force 001” (documentary by North American of the first four test flights of the XB-70A, tail number 20001) (view PDF flyer).

January-March, 2014: No meetings, due to winter closing schedule of NPS site

Dec. 2, 2013: Chris Burton, Armstrong Air and Space Museum (view PDF flyer).

Nov. 4, 2013: Brett Stolle and Christina Douglass, Archives of the National Museum of the United States Air Force (view PDF flyer).

Oct. 7, 2013: Mike Jackson and Tara Dixon Engel, “Naked in DaNang,” based on Mike Jackson’s experiences as Vietnam Fighter Pilot (presentation title is same as published book title) (view PDF flyer). IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the federal government shutdown, which has closed the National Park Service, the Oct. 7, 2013, meeting will be held at Wright State University, E157 Student Union; the meeting will be held at WSU regardless of whether the NPS has is open or closed on Oct. 7. See the PDF flyer for directions & parking details.

Sept. 9, 2013: Dan Patterson, “Aviation in Literature, Art, and Film” (view flyer)

Aug. 5, 2013: Tim Gaffney and Ty Greenlees, “Dayton Air Show History” (view flyer)

July 1, 2013: Rob Young (NASIC historian), “The History of Foreign Aircraft at Wright-Patterson” (view flyer)

June 3, 2013: Ray Robb, [Topic TBD] (view flyer).

May 6, 2013: Paul Cooper, “Tactical Airlift in Desert Storm” (view flyer).

Apr. 1, 2013: Susan Richardson, “Physiological Support of the U-2/SR-71 High Altitude Reconnaissance Aircraft” (view flyer).

Mar. 4, 2013: Paul Logus, “Global Positioning System” (view flyer).

Feb. 4, 2013: Walt Hoy, “A Different Air Force: 50 Years Ago” (view flyer).

Jan. 7, 2013: Les Garber, “The Wright Brothers Make a Lucky Mistake” (view flyer).

Dec. 3, 2012: Ken Keisel, The Dayton-Wright OW-1 Aerial Coupe (view flyer). (Book signing afterward for Ken’s Arcadia book Dayton Aviation: The Wright Brothers to McCook Field.)

Nov. 5, 2012: Walt Hoy, XBQM-106 Attack Drone

Oct. 1, 2012: David Vaughan, The World War I Career of Elliot White Springs. This presentation is based upon the work Mr. Vaughan did in his most recent University of South Carolina Press published book, Letters from a War Bird: The World War I Correspondence of Elliot White Springs.

Sept. 10, 2012: Chantelle Rose, Teachers in Space:  From the Classroom to Space

Aug. 6, 2012: Don Chislaghi, A Shared Heritage: The Story of Giovanni Pirelli and Italian Aviation

July 2, 2012: Raymond Rang and Jim Haley, Wright Field’s Air Force Sensor Evaluation Center

June 4, 2012: Chantelle Rose, Teachers in Space: From the Classroom to Space

May 7, 2012:  Walt Hoy, Spy Satellite Mid-Air Catch

Apr. 2, 2012:  Steve Markman,In-Flight Simulation at AFRL – VISTA/F-16, TIFS/C-131, and NT-33A

Mar. 5, 2012:  James Martin,World War II veteran of the Invasion of Normandy through the Battle of the Buldge.

Feb. 6, 2012: Jack Perry. Never asked his age, Jack Perry joined the Army at a recruiters station in Dayton, OH at the age of 14.  In 1950 he was told he was going to Korea.  After nearly a year in the conflict and three days before he was set to go home, he was captured behind enemy lines and became the youngest P.O.W. of the Korean War.

Jan. 9, 2012: Skip Hickey, High Angle of Attack: Lessons Learned

Dec. 5, 2011: Bob Peterson, The Drink That Transformed a Nation

Nov. 7, 2011:  Geoff Hayes and Wayne Moyer, Light Sport Aircraft and the RV-12: What They Are and Why We Built One

Oct. 3, 2011:  Skip Hickey, F-117A program

Sept. 12, 2011: Jack Meacham, R&D in the 1960s and 1970s

Aug. 1, 2011:  Jim Snyder,  Battle of the Chosin Reservoir

July 11, 2011:  Emil Dansker, Cincinnati Aviation Heritage Society

June 6, 2011: Bill Nichols, Honor Flight

May 2, 2011: David Vaughan, Runway Visions: An American C-130 Pilot’s Memoir  of Combat Airlift Operations in Southeast Asia, 1967-1968

Apr. 4, 2011:  Betty Darst, “When Amelia Came to Dayton”

Mar. 7, 2011: Dawne Dewey, “Wright Flying School and its graduates who are commemorated at the Wright Memorial”

Feb. 7, 2011:   Walt Hoy, “Stallion U-24 and the HELIO Company”

Jan. 3, 2011:  Dr. Emil Dansker, Civilian Air Patrol


MS-333: The Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society Collection
The historical records of the Huffman Prairie Chapter American Aviation Historical Society were accessioned into Special Collections and Archives in the Wright State University Libraries in 2004. The collection was generated and donated by the Huffman Prairie Chapter of AAHS, a Dayton area organization of aviation historians and enthusiasts.
MS-333 consists of meeting announcements, newsletters, correspondence, minutes, transcripts and videotapes of program speakers, membership lists and member biographies dating from 1990 to the present.  The finding aid/inventory to the collection is available here.   From 2004 to mid-2009, many of the presentations were recorded and are available for viewing as part of the archival collection.

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