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

They Had Done It!

Huffman Prairie Flying Field

 

—Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park —

 
They Had Done It! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
1. They Had Done It! Marker
Inscription. As spring weather improved in 1905, the Wright brothers were back here at the flying field every day, hard at work. They put up a hanger, and readied their new machine. Steering was the last great riddle. By trying out ideas for balancing the control surfaces---the elevators, the twin rudders, and wing warping—they finally found ways to put full command of their flyer into the hands (and hips) of a pilot.

My mid-October, the Wrights had perfected their machine. They were ready to stop test flying, secure a patent, and start marketing their invention.

Total Time in the Air
1904- -49 minutes--106 flights
1905- -262 minutes--50 flights

....Nine years of trial and error, discouragement and hope, risk to life and limb, and brilliant engineering effort had culminated in the air over this Ohio cow pasture.
Tom Crouch, Wright biographer

(Inscription over the photo in the upper right side of the marker)

A Record Set
Wilbur amazed a small crowd of guests and passerby here with a 40-minute, 24 mile flight. They watched him orbit this flying field 29 times. He only landed when he ran out of gas.
October 5, 1905

(Inscription over the photo in the lower right side of the marker)
The wooden shed (in front of you) is a replica,
They Had Done It! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
2. They Had Done It! Marker
built in 1990 on the site of the Wright’s original 1905 hangar.
 
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 is 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 are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Starting Device (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
 
They Had Done It! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
3. They Had Done It! Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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