Dayton in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Starting Device
Huﬀman Prairie Flying Field
óDayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park ó
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
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 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 •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 17 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.