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Other cities want to host National Aviation Hall of Fame dinner.

DAYTON — Other cities are competing to be host sites for the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s annual enshrinement ceremony, long an annual event in Dayton, the organization’s board chairman said Friday.

The hall of fame’s board hopes to decide by March 1 whether to have this year’s event in Dayton or in one of the competing cities, board Chairman Phil Roberts said.

He said the board has received a number of proposals, but he declined to identify any of the other cities or say how many proposals are in hand.

“We have a proposal from several locations,” Roberts said in a telephone interview. “This is in front of the board right now. We’re in discussion with people in leadership positions in Dayton.”

No date or location has been chosen for this year’s event, Roberts said. The nonprofit organization has typically hosted the enshrinement dinner each July in the Dayton Convention Center to recognize aviation pioneers being newly inducted into the hall of fame.

The 2012 event may take place later this year because of the time needed to prepare for it, Roberts said.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Centerville, said he is working with community leaders and the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s board members “to see that this important link to aviation’s history remains in our community.”

“I am committed to the National Aviation Hall of Fame and its enshrinement ceremony staying in Dayton,” Turner said.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame was founded in 1962 in Dayton, home of aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright. In 1964, Congress granted the organization a national charter to honor U.S. aviation and space pioneers.

The hall of fame is located in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force next to Area B of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.