Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Birthplace of Aviation
The first airplane. The first airport. The first permanent flying school. The Wright brothers created them all - here in Dayton.
After their first short flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903, Wilbur and Orville returned home to their workshop in Dayton. They spent the next 18 months building and testing their flying machine - striving for a fully controllable aircraft. By the end of 1905, their machine could fly twenty miles or more at a time.
The historic sites that make up this national park are located throughout Dayton.
Staff at the park's visitor facilities can help you plan your visit.
Huffman Prairie Flying Field
This is the site where the Wright brothers developed the world's first practical airplane. Wilbur and Orville made more than 100 test flights here in 1904-1905. You can see their 1905 Wright Flyer III exhibited at Wright Brothers Aviation Center in Carillon Park.
Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hosts this introduction to the cradle of aviation, located next to the Wright Memorial.
Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center
Explore the West Dayton neighborhood where Orville and Wilbur lived and worked. The brothers had their printing business on the
Next door to Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is the Aviation Trail Visitor Center, with exhibits on Dayton aviation history and the Wright brothers. The self-guiding Aviation Trail highlights more than 45 aviation landmarks in the Dayton area.
Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial
This internationally recognized African American poet, playwright, and novelist, a classmate and friend of Orville Wright, lived and worked in this house from 1904 to 1906.
John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center
At Carillon Historical Park, you can see the world's first practical airplane - the original 1905 Wright Flyer III - flown by Wilbur and Orville at Huffman Prairie Flying Field. Other exhibits include the camera used by the Wrights to record their historic 1903 flight, and a replica of the bicycle shop where they designed and built their gliders and powered flyers.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 45.34′ N, 84° 12.699′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Williams Street south of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22 South Williams Street, Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Wheels to Wings (here, next to this marker); West Side (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserved and Enshrined (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Neighborhood Geniuses (about 400 feet away); We were always happy on Hawthorne Street... (about 400 feet away); Wright Brothers Home Base (about 400 feet away); 31 Years at the Lab (about 600 feet away); The Professor of the Propeller (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
Also see . . .
1. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Wright Brothers: The Invention of the Aerial Age. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Wright Brothers National Memorial. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Dayton, Ohio Aviation Trail. (Submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.