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

Wright Seaplane Base

Dayton Aviation Heritage Aviation Trail Site

 
 
Wright Seaplane Base Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
1. Wright Seaplane Base Marker
Inscription.
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.

[Photo caption]
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
Wright Seaplane Base Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
2. Wright Seaplane Base Marker
Looking north along the Great Miami River and recreational trail, with the Main Street Bridge in the background.
500 feet north of VFW Post 3438. Marker was at or near this postal address: 5441 Marina Drive, Dayton OH 45439, United States of America.
 
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.)
 
Additional comments.
1. No Longer Here
This marker, is no longer located here at this placement.
View South from Wright Seaplane Base Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
3. View South from Wright Seaplane Base Marker
Looking along trail toward K-Station and VFW Post 3438.
    — Submitted March 3, 2015, by Douglas Williams of Dayton, Ohio.

 
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K-Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
4. K-Station Marker
Built and dedicated
in honor of
"Mama Kay"
Kathryn Huffman
Mother of news columnist
Dale Huffman
K-Station and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
5. K-Station and Marker
VFW Post 3438 Past Commanders Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
6. VFW Post 3438 Past Commanders Marker (Front)
VFW Post 3438 Past Commanders Marker (Rear) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
7. VFW Post 3438 Past Commanders Marker (Rear)
VFW Post 3438 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
8. VFW Post 3438
 
 
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 998 times since then and 71 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.
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