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 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.
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.
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.