Ohio Weather Forces Innovation In Early Flight

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For flyers, the weather is the constant variable.  It determines where you’re going to fly, if at all, and this weather lately…makes flying a challenge.

The Wright Brothers wrote to the US Weather Service to find a good place to even try to fly.  They found the constant winds of the Outer Banks in North Carolina to be just what they needed.

After they flew their powered airplane in 1903 on the beach, they decided to experiment closer to home and worked at Huffman Prairie, now a part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The summer of 1904 was a typical Ohio summer, hot and humid with thunderstorms.  At times, the Wrights had to wait for weeks for the weather to calm and for the prairie to dry out.

Read and hear Dan Patterson’s commentary on WSYO.