Wilbur Wright Field
, or Wright
as it is commonly known, was an air field of the
United States Air Force. It is the location of the United States
Air Force Museum.
Wilbur Wright Field was opened to
train pilots and gunners during World War
I, followed shortly by the creation of the adjacent Fairfield
Air Depot, in what is today Fairborn,
Ohio. In 1924, with the closing of the McCook Field test facility, the Dayton community purchased
including the leased area on which Wilbur Wright Field was located
and named the combined facility for the Wright
combining of nearby Patterson Field, the facility became known as
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Aircraft operations ceased at the field in
triangular airfield is now the location of the National Museum of the United States Air
Force and its adjoining installation remained known as
Wright Field, and became the center of Air Corps research and development and
In 1948, the two fields were merged under
the name Wright-Patterson AFB. The former Wright Field became Area
B of the combined installation, and the former Patterson Field
became Area C.