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Officials want aviation hall of fame ceremony back in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio community where the National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony was held for decades before moving to Fort Worth, Texas, last year is seeking the return of the event.

The Dayton Daily News reports Dayton is one of five contenders for this year’s ceremony. The hall of fame hasn’t announced the other contenders.

Executive Director Amy Spowart says the organization will make a final decision in the upcoming weeks.

Except for last year, the annual ceremony has been held in Dayton since 1962, drawing astronauts and Hollywood stars to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 55th Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony was held in conjunction with the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth on October 28. The Enshrinee Class of 2017 was Major General Charles F Bolden, Jr., USMC (Ret); the late Commander Malcolm Scott Carpenter, USN; test pilot Robert J. Gilliland, and the late Sir Frank Whittle.

Tony Sculimbrene, of the nonprofit National Aviation Heritage Alliance, says he thinks there’s no better place for the ceremony than the museum in Ohio.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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