A mannequin is strapped into an ejection seat and secured by Chris Perry at the Aircrew Biodynamics and Protection Facility on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where it was shot down a rail to measure the gravitational force, or G-force it experiences during a simulated ejection from a jet. The lab has been busy testing a larger envelope of pilot weights, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and its new ejection seat. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base: 5 things to know

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is located in Greene and Montgomery counties and performs critical work in logistics, acquisition, research and development, education and intelligence gathering for the U.S. Air Force.

Here are five things to know about the base.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is located in Greene and Montgomery counties and is the Dayton region’s largest employer.
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1. About 29,300 people work at the base, with 8,000 of them active duty or reserve military and the rest civilians. It’s the region’s largest employer and the state’s largest single site employer.

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Students at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine practice hazardous materials scenarios in the apprentice program. This class included national guard, and active duty personnel. L-R A1C Jane Vierzen and A1C James Mainolfi wore full hazmat suits with respirators to complete their site reconnaissance health risk assessment training. —Staff Photo by Ty Greenlees
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2. Wright-Patterson Medical Center is located on the base, as are the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Air Force Institute of Technology.

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The 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base loaded more than half-a-million prepackaged meals onto a C-17 bound for Haiti on Friday, June 14, 2013. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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3. The only aircraft based at Wright-Patt are nine C-17 Globemaster III transport airplanes, but the airfield is used to park aircraft from other bases facing hurricane threats.

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Memphis Belle

4. A popular tourist attraction is the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, which charges no admission. It is located on base. One of its most recent top attractions is the famous Memphis Belle.

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Air Force One prepares to depart from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in March of 2012 after President Obama visted with British Prime Minister David Cameron to attend an NCAA Tournament game at UD Arena. —Staff Photo by Ty Greenlees
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5. Wright-Patt is often the place where presidents land on Air Force One when visiting the region. The airfield is also used for Air Force One pilots to do practice landings without the president on board.

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