Wilbur and Orville Wright with Flyer II
at Huffman Prairie
Photography and Film
Courtesy of NASA Images - Great Images in NASA Collection
Wilbur and Orville Wright with the Flyer II at Huffman Prairie, outside of Dayton, Ohio, in May 1904. The Wrights had a much more difficult time testing their aircraft at Huffman Prairie than at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, due to the lack of high winds. To artificially reach the needed wind speed of 27 miles per hour, the brothers invented a catapult which provided the extra speed needed to become airborne. On September 7, 1904, the Wrights tested the first catapult and it was a success, giving the Flyer II a push to make half-mile long flights.
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