Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been a leader in military aviation development, from the time of airplane inventors Wilber and Orville Wright up to and including today's aerospace age.
The base is headquarters for a vast, worldwide logistics system, a world-class laboratory research function, and is the foremost acquisition and development center in the U.S. Air Force. Dozens of associate organizations representing a broad spectrum of Air Force and Department of Defense activities call Wright-Patterson home. The base is comparable to a medium-sized city, with services ranging from shopping facilities and child care centers to housing areas and a large medical center.
With more than 27,500 employees, including military, civilian and contractors, Wright-Patterson is the largest single-site employer in the State of Ohio, with an economic impact of $4.3 billion per year. The base covers more than 8,000 acres of land (12.5 square miles) and provides operational support for over 100 associate units located at Wright-Patterson. The base’s two runways support an average of 47,000 aircraft operations every year, and more than 800 buildings on-site.
Major units at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base: