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

Flying Field to Air Force Base

Huffman Prairie Flying Field

 

—Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park —

 
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By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
1. Flying Field to Air Force Base Marker
Inscription. The vast base you see all around you started in 1917 as a World War I Army Signal Corps post called Wilbur Wright Field. The installation grew through the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, matching the needs of the United States for aeronautical research, development, and logistics. Since the creation of a separate United States Air Force in 1947, the Wright brothers’ flying field and aviation school has been part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

More than anyone I have ever known or read about, the Wright brothers gave me a sense that nothing is impossible. I like to think—and during World War II, often did---that the Air Force has rooted its traditions in that spirit.
General Hap Arnold, Father of the Air Force.

Military Aviation Comes of Age over Ohio
Generations of American military aircraft—from flying machines of spruce and canvas to high-tech jets---have been tested and flown here, in the same airspace the Wright brothers worked.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 48.4′ N, 84° 3.75′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Mart Road north of Springfield Street (Ohio Route 444). Touch for map. Marker in south-western
Flying Field to Air Force Base Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
2. Flying Field to Air Force Base Marker
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. Trials in an Old Swamp (here, next to this marker); The First Airport (within shouting distance of this marker); Huffman Prairie Flying Field (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Miss that Tree! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Follow the Flight Path (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Starting Device (approx. 0.2 miles away); They Had Done It! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mormon Migration, Kirkland Camp / Facts About Kirkland Camp (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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