DARTS – Dayton Area Thermal Soarers

Dayton Area Thermal Soarers
Dayton Area Thermal Soarers


Location: Darts is located in Twin Towers Area Park in Yellow Springs Ohio.

Website: http://www.daytonsoaring.org/

Contact Email: Email Links Here

Access to the field: Open Park

GPS Geeks: +39° 49′ 10.44″, -83° 56′ 47.87″( 39.819567, -83.946630 Station is accessible‎)

Address: Twin Towers Area Park, 501 Yellow Springs Fairfield Rd, Fairborn, OH 45387

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AMA Club Charter: #889 Formed: Nov 1972

Club Dues: $25 Average Membership: ??? Memebership Limit?: No

Flying Hours: I have no data on flying hours for this location.

Membership Information: The club is open to all AMA Members.  See Club Website for official information.

Guest Flying: I’ve flown with these guys as a guest and I know the many soaring contests they hold include people from all over the region.  This is certainly an open and friendly group.

Google Map with notes from a member.  Also lists other soaring sites in the area.

What you’ll find:
This is THE club in the region for Soaring, both fun and competition.  This has always been an active group.  Be sure to check the club schedule for a variety of activities.  The flying area is all grass.  A Park shelterhouse is nearby providing picnic tables and headquarters for contests.  There are some active soccer fields to the north and there is no flying from these fields or over players. 

Special Notes From Dave: It’s always “Gentlemanly” to observe the AMA Safety Code as a baseline at any new field until all local rules, etiquette and customs are learned. Be aware some fields have routine full scale air traffic nearby, others very little or none. It takes time to become aware of all the special concerns and routines at any new flying field.


National Museum of the US Airforce

Dolittle Raiders

Museum Hours
Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
FREE admission!

Museum Location
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(937) 255-3286

Website: National Museum of the US Air Force
USAFM Event Calendar: Events
Photo: Photo Collection

If your on your way to Dayton, odds are your visiting the Airforce Museum. I can’t tell you more than the official website, however I can offer that that you will need more than a day to enjoy the museum properly. Plan on 1.5 to 2 days to really take it all in and not be rushed. The IMAX movies are lots of fun and very reasonable in cost. It’s a great way to rest your feet in the middle of the day.

Look to plan your trip during special activities or perhaps when a significant modeling activity is underway in the Miami Valley. The museum holds many special events each year. You can meet great hero’s like living Doolittle Raiders and others. There are often special tours behind the scenes or in resoration facilities. Wings & Things Guest Lectures are given on aviation history and technology.

Tung-Sheng Liu (third from right in white jacket) stands with the crew of Lt. Travis Hoover. He helped these men escape capture following the Doolittle Raid. He later immigrated to the United States and was one of four individuals names as honorary Doolittle Raiders. (U.S. Air Force photo

Spend some time on the site to see what’s going on and be sure to check out my list of significant modeling events in the area. Plan time to visit some local hobby shops. You never know what you might find hanging from the ceiling or perhaps you’ll see a project underway that will light fire under your enthusiasm.


RC Hobby Center

RC Hobby Center Building
Address: 2130 Harshman Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45424
GPS Geeks: Latitude+39° 48′ 6.62″, Longitude-84° 7′ 48.55″, (39.801839, -84.130152) ‎
Phone: (937) 436-6161
Website: www.rchobbycenter.com
Email: RC Hobby Center Email (info@rchobbycenter.com)

ModelRama Vendor?: YES

Located 1.9 miles and 5 minutes west of the US Airforce Museum, just west of State Route 4. Across from Morris Furniture Mart.

What you’ll find:
Aircraft, radios, building supplies, smart slot car track, rc cars/trucks and parts. Service department. Home of Ganster Graphics. This shop puts on indoor flying evenings at the Irvin J Nutter Center throughout the winter months. Sign up for shop newsletter to be informed of dates.

Visual of Location:

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Map & driving directions from US Airforce Museum to RC Hobby Center.

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Street View (image outdated) location of new RC Hobby Center building:

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Visiting Dayton? Airplane Activities

Be sure to check out the sub-categories open under “Visiting Dayton Aviation”.  You’ll find information about the Airforce Museum, local hobby shops, model airports, important local events and aviation attractions you can visit both nearby and a short drive outside the area.   Regardless if your in town for a visit or on business, if you’ve got some extra time to look around Dayton, there is plenty to do.  

This area of Ohio has some of the country’s best flying fields and several clubs over 100 members.  Aviation both full scale and model is strong here.  If you “Speak Model Airplane”, you’ll agree, Dayton is heaven.