Birthplace of aviation
Powered aviation began in Dayton when the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were the first to pilot a powered airplane on 17 December, 1903.
On 13 January 1948, the world-famous Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was formed and today it employs some 27,000 people, both military and civilian. This makes it one of the US Air Force’s largest air bases.
With a population of 140,000, Dayton is a well-known aerospace innovation hub with a high concentration of aerospace and aviation technology and aeronautical and astronautical engineering. Two major US research and development organisations, the National Air & Space Intelligence Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory have their headquarters at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
In recent times, Dayton’s businesses have diversified into the service economy, insurance and legal sectors as well as healthcare and government administration.
The link with Rushmoor will be mainly a business link driven by the aerospace and aviation industries that Dayton shares with Farnborough.