Before Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in a rocket-powered plane and before any of the Mercury 7 astronauts climbed into a space capsule, their journeys started at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
From flying captured enemy fighters to popular lore of hidden UFOs and aliens, Wright-Patterson has captured the public’s imagination and brought the right stuff in pilots and aerospace innovators to the Miami Valley for a century.
Monday is the 100th anniversary of when the Army Signal Corps signed a lease for 2,075 acres of Miami Conservancy District land near the Mad River for what would become Wilbur Wright Field, a pilot training base, according to base historian Henry Narducci. Soon, Fairfield Aviation General Supply Depot, a logistics site, and McCook Field, an aircraft engineering center in Dayton, would follow and consolidate years later into Wright Field.
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