Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wright Seaplane Base
Dayton Aviation Heritage Aviation Trail Site
Here on the Miami River in 1913, Orville Wright made the first successful takeoff and landing from water in a Wright Model C airplane fitted with a pontoon. Rivers and lakes could provide no-cost runways for seaplanes, unimpeded by such obstacles as power lines, bridges, buildings, or roads. This stretch of river bends 90 degrees, enabling pilots to take off or land into the wind from nearly any direction.
Orville Wright makes adjustments to an early model seaplane flown here from the Miami River in 1913.
Other Aviation Trail Sites
The complete Aviation Trail includes about 45 sites that highlight Dayton and the Miami River valley's significant contributions to the invention of flight and the aviation industry.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 40.952′ N, 84° 13.847′ W. Marker was in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker could be reached from Interstate 75. Touch for map. Marker is along the Great Miami River Recreation Trail between the southbound ramp for Exit 47 of I-75 and the Great Miami River, about 200 feet north of the "K-Station" restrooms along the trail, and about
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Wright Seaplane Base / Wright Model G "Aeroboat" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moraine Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Woody's Market (approx. 0.7 miles away); Historic Blanchard Avenue (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dayton-Wright Airplane Factory (approx. 0.9 miles away); Delco-Light and Frigidaire (approx. one mile away); Johnny Appleseed Site (approx. 1.1 miles away); Zion Memorial Church (approx. 1.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park. (Submitted on March 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. National Aviation Heritage Area. (Submitted on March 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Dayton Aviation. (Submitted on March 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Aviation Trail Sites. (Submitted on March 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
1. No Longer Here
This marker, is no longer located here at this placement.
Categories. • Air & Space • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,033 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on April 5, 2015, by Douglas Williams of Dayton, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.