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Wright Patterson Air Force Base – F 117A Retired

Wright Patterson Air Force Base marks F 117A Retirement

 

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Yesterday marked the end of an era for the Air Force and maybe for some of us… The F 117A started flying in 1981… wow, I had forgotten it had been that long?  The weapons system was not acknowledged until 1988 but even with that its been 20 years…

What was life like as a family member and airman flying the F 117A prior to 1988?  Well the pilots and support staff flew out Monday in secrecy and did not return home until Friday and ONLY flew at night.  They could not discuss what they were doing and where they were going with their families and that must have been difficult for all involved.

Thanks to the Airmen and the families for your honor and dedication to our country!

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Wright Patterson Air Force Base was not open to the general public however, Wright-Patterson employees, retirees and family members with base access were welcome to attend.  The fighter was open for an hour prior to the ceremony to view the plane and historical memorabilia.  The actual ceremony was brief and concluded with a fly over of Wright Patterson Air Force Base by F117A planes, one painted with in red, white and blue…

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Posted on March 12th, 2008 by Mark Ryan

Wright Patterson Air Force Base – Community Report

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That’s right… Wright Patterson Air Force Base is a Dayton Ohio community in and of it’s self… Wright Patt or WPAFB as it is commonly know is a vital and welcome part of the Dayton Ohio area. You will often see military personnel out and about and very ofter see large groups together for lunch in the communities very close to the Air Base.

Highlights and Base Information:

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Basic Facts:

  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base is located in Greene and Montgomery counties in Ohio. 8 miles NE of the Dayton Ohio central business district and within the city limits of Riverside and adjacent to Beavercreek and Fairborn.
  • Named after the Wright Brothers and the Patterson family (owners of NCR, National Cash Register) and is referred to as the birth place of aviation…
  • Wright Patterson AFB is headquarters for the Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Institute of Technology and the National Museum of the United States Air Force (what used to be called the US Air Force Museum)
  • As of 2005 WPAFB had a work force of 5517 military and 8102 civilians.



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Posted on March 2nd, 2008 by Mark Ryan