Huffman Prairie Flying Field + Interpretive Center

huffman-prairie-flying-fieldAdmission to the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center is free.

  • The Interpretive Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend
  • Huffman Prairie Flying Field is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., closed Wednesdays. Call 937-425-0008 for current information on field closures.
  • Location: (Map It) the flying field can be entered at Gate 16A off of State Route 444, Wright-Patterson AFB; the interpretive center is two miles from the field on Wright Brothers Hill at 2380 Memorial Road in Dayton, Ohio, close to the intersection of State Route 444 and Kaufmann Road.
  • Phone: 937-425-0008 (call ahead in case of field closures)
  • Web: Click here

The Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center in Dayton:  On this 84-acre patch of rough pasture outside Dayton, the Wright brothers learned to control and maneuver their powered machine and taught themselves to fly during 1904 and 1905. It was also the site of the Wrights’ flying school where many of the world’s first pilots learned how to fly. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990, the Flying Field is located on an active military installation and subject to unannounced closure; however this “School House of Aviation” is open to the public most days. Visitors are urged to call 937-425-0008 for current information on field closures. Two miles away is the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center across from the Wright Brothers Memorial. Exhibits focus on the Wright brothers’ development of the world’s first practical airplane at Huffman Prairie, their flying school starting in 1910, and the development of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the continuing legacy of the Wright brothers.