This world-changing Dayton landmark is featured in ‘100 Things to Do in America Before You Die’

Right front view of Orville Wright piloting the Wright 1905 Flyer during the 23rd flight at Huffman Prairie. The Flyer completed two circles of the field in 2 mins, 45 secs.
Right front view of Orville Wright piloting the Wright 1905 Flyer during the 23rd flight at Huffman Prairie. The Flyer completed two circles of the field in 2 mins, 45 secs.

Credit: Wright State University Collecti

Credit: Wright State University Collecti

A Dayton area attraction has made a really big bucket list.

Huffman Prairie Field and Look Up are featured in the new book "100 Things to Do in America Before You Die" (Reedy Press, $18).

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The book penned by travel writer Bill Clevlen is part of the series “100 Things to Do Before You Die.”

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Huffman Prairie is 85th on the list that also includes riding along Newfound Gap Road in the Smoky Mountains, visiting the Louisiana State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge, visiting the Covered Bridge in Madison County, Iowa; visiting the Alamo, and seeing the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.

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Below is the expert about Huffman Prairie from the book:

The crew for Mark Dusenberry, who made his own Wright Flyer III replica, prepares the plane for practice flights Tuesday morning. Dusenberry, from Denison, will fly Friday at the 102nd Anniversary of Practical, Powered Flight celebration at Huffman Prairie Flying Field. Staff photo by Chris Stewart
The crew for Mark Dusenberry, who made his own Wright Flyer III replica, prepares the plane for practice flights Tuesday morning. Dusenberry, from Denison, will fly Friday at the 102nd Anniversary of Practical, Powered Flight celebration at Huffman Prairie Flying Field. Staff photo by Chris Stewart

Credit: Chris Stewart

Credit: Chris Stewart

This stop requires a bit of imagination, but it's definitely an important place in American history. Huffman Prairie Field is where the Wright Brothers mastered the art of flying. It's hard to imagine a world without airplanes, and it was in this open field (or above it) that the marvel of flight took shape. Natives of Dayton, Ohio, Wilbur and Orville Wright used the land that now sits next to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to design the world's first "practical airplane." 

The Wright Flyer II made its first turn and circle in the air above the field here in 1904. In that first year, there were 105 flights totaling forty-five minutes in the air. By 1910, Huffman Prairie Field was used for a flying school. The Wright Brothers would use the property until 1916. Besides the field, be sure to visit the other Wright Brothers  historic sites in Dayton.

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Huffman Prairie Field is included in the new book "100 things to do in America before you die."
Huffman Prairie Field is included in the new book "100 things to do in America before you die."

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