As the 119th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight approached last year, Hemlock Films, in partnership with the Dayton-based National Aviation Hall of Fame, launched a new aviation-themed video series, and accompanying website, called Why I Fly. We loved the first of the videos, and with November being National Aviation History Month, what better way to celebrate than watching some more! We think you'll enjoy them too. 

Each short Why I Fly video introduces the public (particularly young people) to aviation enthusiasts with a passion for flight. Those featured include hobbyists, professionals, pilots, mechanics, designers and artists with a goal of encouraging others to join the world of aviation. A wide range of career prospects awaits individuals in the aviation and aerospace industries.

The first video in the series introduces you to Dewey - a corporate pilot by day and old-time barnstormer in his spare time!

Thrilled by Dewey?! Here's another - Emily's claim to fame is being a skydiving pilot. However, whether instructing A&P, overseeing engine maintenance, or participating in air races, she has achieved significant milestones in the field and is continuously captivated by aviation.

You can check out additional videos and get more information about the series at the Why I Fly website: Want to share your story? Visit their website contact form to send an email. You can also follow Why I Fly on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok. The National Aviation Hall of Fame will feature the Why I Fly stories on their social media platforms as well. The series is being produced as a part of the Hall of Fame’s Discovering Flight education curriculum.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame is co-located with the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Founded in 1962, it honors America’s aerospace pioneers and memorializes and shares their impact for the inspiration of leaders to come. Hall of Fame hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Both the Hall of Fame and National Museum of the U.S. Air Force are free–the holiday season is a great time to visit with friends and family!

> More about the National Aviation Hall of Fame

> More about the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Be sure to post pics of your visits on social media and tag them with #DiscoverDayton … we might feature your photos on our website and Instagram page (follow us @daytoncvb).

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