Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center

Where the Wright Brothers Developed the First Practical Airplane

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The Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center is the second of two Visitors Centers in the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. To learn the history in chronological order, you should first visit the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. It focuses on the early history of the Wright Brothers.

After you’ve explored Wright-Dunbar and the Wright Cycle Company Complex, move on to Huffman Prairie. Here you will learn about Wilbur and Orville’s activities after their success at Kitty Hawk. This site is located near the field where the Wright Brothers conducted their flying experiments. After succeeding in making a plane fly, their work wasn’t over. They still had to figure out how to make it maneuverable. Once they had a practical airplane, they then had to turn it into a successful business venture. That included not only selling planes but also teaching their customers how to fly them. Be sure to view the exhibits that show their different airplane models and their company catalog.

Additional exhibits cover continuing advancements in aviation made at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.


At A Glance

2380 Memorial Road
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(937) 425-0008


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