Near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Named for the 1903 co-inventors of the airplane, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, Wright Field has been the center of aeronautical research, development, and weapon system acquisition since its establishment. Wright Field assumed this mission and was dedicated on October 12, 1927 after McCook Field (1917-1927), America's "Cradle of Aviation" near downtown Dayton, closed its gates.
“Here on this ground where Wilbur and Orville Wright brought to full life man's age-old dream of rising in flight above the earth, we of Wright Field consecrate ourselves to the splendid vision and unswerving purpose which motivated those great and honored pioneers of the sky. Their patience, their firm determination, their untiring devotion to their aim - these we take as a light to guide and inspire us." --Creed of Wright Field, December 17, 1942
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Paper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society.
Location. 39° 47.442′ N, 84° 6.19′ W. Marker is near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Dayton-Springfield Pike and WPAFB Gate 1B, on the right when traveling west on Dayton-Springfield Click for map. Marker is about 0.6 miles east of entrance to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45433, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Final Honors (approx. 0.8 miles away); Huffman Dam (approx. 0.8 miles away); In Case of Floods ... (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cow Pasture to Flight School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Biplanes to Rocket Science (approx. 0.8 miles away); 44th Bomb Group (H) (approx. 0.8 miles away); "The Mighty Eighth" (approx. 0.8 miles away); China Burma India Hump Aircrews (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Also see . . .
1. The Legacy of Wright Field. (Submitted on February 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Wright Field. (Submitted on February 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. (Submitted on February 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Air & Space •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 580 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.