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Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
McCook Field
1917

(Inventing Flight: The Centennial Celebration Series #7)
 
McCook Field Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
1. McCook Field Marker
 
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Entering World War I, the United States urgently needed to advance this new field of aeronautics. Thanks to the area's industrial strength, the military chose Dayton as the sight of a new aeronautical center. McCook Field, located north of downtown Dayton between Keowee Street and the Great Miami River, was charged with researching, developing, manufacturing, and testing all military airplanes and accessories.

Nearly all significant aviation developments in the decade after 1917 were achieved at McCook Field. New airplanes were only part of the work. Aircraft weapons systems, bullet-proof gas tanks, free-fall parachutes, and night observation cameras were invented at the field as well.

Soon, however, the larger, more powerful aircraft overwhelmed McCook Field. The Air Force needed a more permanent site, and Dayton was once again determined to provide it. In a 48-hour fundraising effort, the community raised $425,000 to purchase 4,520 acres northeast of Dayton. With that land, the groundwork was laid for the next generation of aeronautical innovation in the Miami Valley.
 
Erected 2003 by Inventing Flight and Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation.
 
Location.
 
Centennial Park Markers Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Centennial Park Markers
Four markers, from nearest to farthest, are John Glenn, Wright-Patterson AFB, McCook Field, & Huffman Prairie. Looking SSW, with downtown Dayton in background and Wright Brothers statues at left center distance, in front of the green pedestrian bridge.
 
39° 46.097′ N, 84° 11.204′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Click for map. Marker is in Centennial Park, within Deeds Point MetroPark, off Webster Street, about 450 feet NNE of the confluence of the Mad and Great Miami Rivers. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Webster Street, Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wright-Patterson AFB (here, next to this marker); Huffman Prairie (here, next to this marker); John Glenn (a few steps from this marker); The Solution: Wing Warping (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir George Cayley (within shouting distance of this marker); Montgolfier Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Leonardo da Vinci (within shouting distance of this marker); Neil Armstrong (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
 
Also see . . .  History of McCook Field. (Submitted on April 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 622 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 6, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.   2. submitted on April 4, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.
 
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