Huffman Field

Also known as: Simms-Wright Station or Wright Memorial Site, Huffman Prairie
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 1 mi. SW of Fairborn, Fairborn, Ohio



The Huffman Prairie Flying Field is the site used by the Wright Brothers from 1904 to 1905 to develop and test the world's first practical airplane, the Wright Flyer III. It was on this field that the Wright Brothers continued their quest to conquer the air after their return from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903. During these years the Wright Brothers perfected the technique of flying and developed a powered airplane completely controllable by the pilot; able to bank, turn, circle, and make figure eights; withstand repeated takeoffs and landings; and remain airborne trouble-free for more than half an hour. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 21, 1990

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 6, 1971
Reference number
Areas of significance
Engineering; Military; Invention; Transportation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Air-related; Air facility
Current functions
Monument/marker; Air facility
Period of significance
Significant years
1904; 1910
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing structures: 1