Dayton in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Miss that Tree!
Huﬀman Prairie Flying Field
—Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park —
Mystery of banked turns---combining rudder moves with wing warping--- was one of their most important steps toward developing what the brothers called a machine of practical utility.
(Inscription next to the photo at the bottom left side of the marker)
An unexpected gust of wind and a thorn-laden tree, like the ones you see far ahead in this field, helped Orville Wright figure out how best to handle his controls to turn his flying machine.
(Inscription under the photo at the upper right side of the marker)
In one flight in 1905, while circling around a honey locust tree at a height of about 50 feet, the machine suddenly began to turn up on one wing, and took a course toward the tree---not relishing the idea of landing in a thorn tree, (I) attempted to reach the ground. The left wing, however, struck the tree..and carried away several branches.
Erected by National Park Service
Location. 39° 48.317′ N, 84° 3.617′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Pylon Road north of Springfield Street. Touch for map. Marker located in 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. Follow the Flight Path (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Starting Device (about 400 feet away); They Had Done It! (about 400 feet away); 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. ¼ mile away); Mormon Migration, Kirkland Camp / Facts About Kirkland Camp (approx. 1.4 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, Maryland. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.