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This paper quantifies the local economic impact of the 2003 Inventing Flight Celebration in Dayton, Ohio. Using information from the Wright State University (WSU) Inventing Flight Survey of 1,502 visitors to the events and RIMS II multipliers for the Dayton/Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the local expenditures, income, and employment impacts are estimated. This paper includes a complete analysis of the WSU Inventing Flight Survey questions and responses in order to find out how this one-time Celebration affected the local economy. Both the short-term and long-term benefits of this regional tourism event are included in this study.