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Dayton, Ohio USA Part III — Wright Brother sites neighboring the National Museum of the US Air Force

23 September 2009

Dayton Ohio in the USA was the home of the Wright brothers and their bicycle business. As we all know, the Wrights designed and produced the first powered airplane (a note: for a short discussion a New Zealander who possibly may have accomplished this first, as well as other innovations of the Wrights, please see “This blog”). The US Air Force has its main aviation museum there, next to Wright-Patterson Air Base — the National Museum of the United States Air Force. It can hardly be easier to get there as one can fly to Dayton International Airport (formerly named James M. Cox Dayton International Airport) and rent a car for a 20 minute drive to the facility. Note that Parts I and II are about the National Museum of the US Air Force and Part III focuses on the neighboring Wright brothers sites.

Historical Wright Brothers Sites Near the National Museum of the United State Air Force

Wright Brothers Installation outside of Wright Patterson AFB Main Gate -- photo by Joe May

Wright Brothers Installation outside of Wright Patterson AFB Main Gate — photo by Joe May

A short drive, less than five minutes east along Dayton-Springfield Pike/South Broad St for about 0.46 miles (o.75km) miles from the National Museum of the US Air Force (please see Parts I & II) is the main gate to enter Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Adjacent to, and on the right of, the gate is a public parking area with a memorial installation to the Wright brothers. It is a full sized metal replica of the Wright Flyer with bronzes of both brothers in life positions. The position is 39º 47′ 20″ N / 84º 06′ 08″ W.

Getting into the car and driving eastward again for a short distance about 3.1 miles (~5km) is where South Broad Street intersects A Road, and follow the signs for a few minutes to Huffman Prairie (Huffman Flying Field or Huffman Field) which is part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park . This is where the Wrights first tested their designs prior to venturing to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina USA. On the opposite side of the road and in between the Air Force Museum and Huffman Prairie is the is the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center and Wright Memorial — look for the turn off  of Broad Street and onto Kauffman Avenue.

Huffman Prairie is located at 39º 48′ 12″ N / 84º 03′ 55″ W

The Interpretive Center and Wright Memorial is located at 39º 47′ 41′ N / 84º 05′ 19″ W

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 September 2009 16:08

    “Renting a car…”? “Getting in a car…”? “A short drive…”? How will you ever learn to fly if you continue to take the easy way out?

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      30 September 2009 21:54

      I think the easy way out has been underrated for too long, in my opinion!

  2. 21 October 2009 04:40

    Greatings, Interesting, I`ll quote it on my site later

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      21 October 2009 15:05

      Thanks very much 🙂

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