National Air Races

From Ohio History Central

The National Air Races was an important competition in the early history of aviation.

The National Air Races began in 1920. This meet included cross-country races for airplanes and other flying machines, as well as skills competitions in the host city. The first National Air Races occurred at Roosevelt Field in New York. The competition then moved to various cities, including to Dayton, Ohio in 1924. The National Air Races first occurred in Cleveland, Ohio in 1929. Over the next twenty years, the competition was held in Cleveland twelve times. Due to World War II, the National Air Races did not occur between 1942 and 1945.

The National Air Races allowed pilots to display their skills. The competition also allowed aviation companies to highlight their products. Cleveland's important role in the National Air Races illustrates the contributions that Ohioans have made to aviation. With such important names as the Wright Brothers, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, and numerous others, Ohioans have been at the forefront of aviation history.

See Also


  1. Crouch, Tom D. The Giant Leap: A Chronology of Ohio Aerospace Events and Personalities, 1815-1969. Columbus: The Ohio History Connection, 1971.