Dayton in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
They Had Done It!
Huﬀman Prairie Flying Field
—Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park —
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,
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. Touch 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. 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 279 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 14, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.