What Are Some Interesting Facts About the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base?

Located near Dayton, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is home to the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Museum of the United States Air Force and the Air Force Institute of Technology. The base is also home to Huffman Prairie Flying Field, which is where the Wright brothers mastered flight.

The Air Force Research Laboratory is the only advanced lab for science and technology used by this branch of the military. Lab projects focus on hypersonic propulsion, cyber defense, autonomous systems and directed energy. Other areas of focus include high-efficiency turbine engines, space situational awareness and enhancing the capabilities of battlefield Airmen and special forces.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the largest of its kind in the world and allows visitors to see the history and capabilities of the Air Force. The Air Force Institute of Technology offers graduate and post-graduate programs as well as research and continuing education courses.

Huffman Prairie Flying Field is where the Wright brothers practicing controlled flight after their first flights in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. At Huffman, the brothers created the first practical airplane and spent several years testing flights. The field later became the home of The Wright Company, which was a flight school, testing company and base for the brothers' exhibition team.