The world's first airport - Huffman Prairie

Huffman Prairie—The World’s First Airport

Did you know that after their successful powered flights at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers returned to their home in Dayton, Ohio to continue their effort to achieve truly practical sustained flight? The site they chose for flying was Huffman Prairie, eight miles east of Dayton. They reached their goal of sustained controlled flight with the Wright Flyer III in 1905 and finally achieved fame in 1908–09. The Wrights returned to Huffman Prairie in 1910 to open America’s first flying school. Today, Huffman Prairie is part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.




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