“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dayton in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Miss that Tree!

Huffman Prairie Flying Field


—Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park —

Miss that Tree! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
1. Miss that Tree! Marker
Inscription. Before tackling the problems of how to fly, Orville and Wilbur had been bicycle enthusiasts. The Wrights knew that a cyclist has to learn into high-speed turns. That same tilting movement in a flying machine is called banking. Here at Huffman Prairie Flying Field, the Wrights taught themselves how to bank their airship to make turns.

Mystery of banked turns---combining rudder moves with wing warping--- was one of their most important steps toward developing what the brothers called a machine of practical utility.

(Inscription next to the photo at the bottom left side of the marker)

An unexpected gust of wind and a thorn-laden tree, like the ones you see far ahead in this field, helped Orville Wright figure out how best to handle his controls to turn his flying machine.

(Inscription under the photo at the upper right side of the marker)
In one flight in 1905, while circling around a honey locust tree at a height of about 50 feet, the machine suddenly began to turn up on one wing, and took a course toward the tree---not relishing the idea of landing in a thorn tree, (I) attempted to reach the ground. The left wing, however, struck the tree..and carried away several branches.
Orville Wright
Erected by National Park Service
Miss that Tree! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
2. Miss that Tree! Marker
Location. 39° 48.317′ N, 84° 3.617′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Pylon Road north of Springfield Street. Click for map. Marker located in south-western section of the "Wright - Patterson Air Force Base",. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45433, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Follow the Flight Path (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Starting Device (about 400 feet away); They Had Done It! (about 400 feet away); Trials in an Old Swamp (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flying Field to Air Force Base (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Airport (approx. 0.2 miles away); Huffman Prairie Flying Field (approx. ¼ mile away); Mormon Migration, Kirkland Camp / Facts About Kirkland Camp (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
Categories. Air & Space
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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