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Huffman Field

  • Also Known As: Simms-Wright Station or Wright Memorial Site also Huffman Prairie

  • Address: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 1 mi SW of fairborn
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Site

Huffman Prairie was used by the Wright brothers for airplane experiments and flight training. Wilbur described their airfield in a letter to Octave Chanute:

We are in a large meadow of about 100 acres. It is skirted on the west and north by trees. This not only shuts off the wind somewhat, but gives a slight downward trend. However, this is a matter we do not consider anything serious. The greater troubles are the facts that in addition to the cattle there have been a dozen or more horses in the pasture and as it is surrounded by barbwire fencing we have been at much trouble to get them safely away before making any trials. Also, the ground is an old swamp and is filled with grassy hummocks some six inches high, so that it resembles dog town. - AsNotedIn

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Particulars for Huffman Field:
Historic Use Air facility
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Aviation, Air-related
Area of Significance Engineering
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Invention
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Sight Category Site
Area of Significance Transportation

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 6th May 1971

Registry Name: Huffman Field
Registry Address: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 1 mi. SW of Fairborn
Registry Number: 71000640
Resource Type: Site
Owner: Federal
Area in Acres: 84
Contributing Sites: 1
Non-Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Engineering, Invention, Military, Transportation
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering, Event, Person
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Significant Year: 1904, 1910
Associated People: Wright,Wilbur Orville
Historic Function: Transportation, Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Air-related, Air facility
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Landscape, Defense
Current Sub-Function: Monument, Marker Air facility

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