Huffman Prairie Flying Field

Experience the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park's Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, and then go and stand on the hallowed grounds of Huffman Prairie Flying Field where "the Wrights really learned to fly and perfected flight." 

Huffman Prairie

When the Wright brothers returned to Dayton, after their historic first flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, they looked for a suitable flying field closer to home. Dayton banker, Torrence Huffman allowed the brothers to use his pasture, which was located eight miles northeast of Dayton, rent-free. Here in 1904 and 1905, through a series of unique experiments, the Wright brothers mastered the principles of controlled, powered flight and developed the world's first practical airplane.
In 1904, the brothers made 105 flights, totaling 49 minutes in the air with their 1904 Wright Flyer II. With this flying machine, they made the first turn and the first circle in the air. 



Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center
Exhibits focus on the Wright brothers' development of the world's first practical airplane at Huffman Prairie in 1904 and 1905, their flying school starting in 1910, and the accomplishments of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

To contact the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, please call 937-425-0008. 


2380 Memorial Road

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base