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

Follow the Flight Path

Huffman Prairie Flying Field

 

— Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park —

 
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By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
1. Follow the Flight Path Marker
Inscription.  The trail you see ahead curving gently to the right retraces the way Wilbur and Orville Wright flew here in 1904-1905. Look for seven tall flag poles that mark the corners of the pasture. The brothers tried their best to fly only inside this field, because they respected property boundaries. It was hard enough to drag their 700-pound flying machine back to the launch rails without having to negotiate fences. Remember, their flyers had no wheels.

On the first of three trials we found that we had started a circle on too large a radius to keep within the boundaries of the small field in which we were operating. Accordingly, a landing was made each time, without accident, merely to avoid passing beyond the boundaries of the field.
Wilbur Wright

Walking the Flight Path…
takes 30 minutes to get back to the main parking areas near Simms Station.

The path is regularly mowed, but not hard-surfaced. Wheelchair users should budget more time.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
 
Location.
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By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
2. Follow the Flight Path Marker
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39° 48.267′ N, 84° 3.667′ W. Marker is near Dayton, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Pylon Road 0.3 miles south of Marl Road, on the right when traveling south. Access is from Highway 444 at Communications Blvd, through Gate 16-A. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Starting Device (within shouting distance of this marker); They Had Done It! (within shouting distance of this marker); Miss that Tree! (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flying Field to Air Force Base (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trials in an Old Swamp (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Airport (approx. 0.2 miles away); Huffman Prairie Flying Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Huffman Prairie Flying Field (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on April 28, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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