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Dayton in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Starting Device

Huffman Prairie Flying Field

 

óDayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park ó

 
A Starting Device Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
1. A Starting Device Marker
Inscription. To take off by engine power alone in Daytonís light winds, the Wright brothers had to lay out as much as 240 feet of wooden rails. If the breeze shifted, the track had to be moved and pegged down again to face the new wind direction.

But after they built a catapult in September 1904, the Wrights could launch their flyer with only 60 feet of rail.

It is evident that we will have to build a starting device that will render us independent of wind and are now designing one...
Wilbur Wright, August 8, 1904


Catapult-assisted Takeoffs
A team of horses pulled a 1600-pound counterweight to the top of the wooden derrick. When the weight fell sixteen feet, it added enough speed to get a flying machine airborne—regardless of wind direction and strength.

The catapult in front of you is a replica.

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 48.25′ N, 84° 3.65′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Pylon Road north of Springfield Street. Click for map. Marker located in the 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
A Starting Device Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
2. A Starting Device Marker
are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. They Had Done It! (here, next to this marker); Follow the Flight Path (within shouting distance of this marker); Miss that Tree! (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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. 0.3 miles 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
 
A Starting Device Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
3. A Starting Device Marker
A Starting Device Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
4. A Starting Device Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 272 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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