How a winding set of innovations formed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was formed from Patterson and Wright fields on Jan. 13, 1948. To celebrate that anniversary, here are five things to know about the base’s history.

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1. The fields date back to the earliest days of flight. Wright-Patt’s land includes Huffman Prairie, where Orville and Wilbur Wright continued work on their flying machine in the early 1900s. The brothers set up the Wright School of Aviation on Huffman Prairie to train America’s earliest military pilots.

Read the story in the Dayton Daily News.