Wright Patt’s Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine marks 100th


Filled with life-like medical mannequins, dark cargo plane fuselages and a centrifuge that spins humans in circles at high speed, the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine is unlike most schools.

One of the biggest prizes gained at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in recent years, the school marked its 100th anniversary in ceremonies Friday.

The $194.5 million school opened in a sprawling new building at Wright-Patterson in 2011 after eight decades in Texas. The move was part of a base realignment and closure process in 2005 that brought about 1,200 jobs to Wright-Patterson. Most of those were in aerospace medicine and sensors research from sites in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts and New York.

RELATED: On the cutting edge: Wright-Patterson marks a century of innovation in 2017

“We’ve been training flight surgeons for 100 years,” said Col. Alden Hilton, the school’s commander. Today, it also educates flight nurses, enlisted aeromedical technicians, and critical care medical teams, among others.

“These medical personnel are already experienced clinicians,” Hilton said. “But it’s very different to practice medicine in the back of an airplane where it’s dark, very, very noisy and vibration and other movements and what you have with you is all that you’ve got.”

The massive school traces its origins to Hazelhurst Field, N.Y., where it opened as the Medical Research Laboratory of the Air Service in 1918 in the infancy of Army aviation.

RELATED: Stealth bombers, UFO rumors, test pilots among Wright Patterson’s past 100 years

A faculty and staff of about 950 train 4,000 students a year at Wright-Patterson. The school trains airmen in aeromedical evacuations of wounded troops from combat zones to hospitals, has an epidemiology and environmental lab to analyze samples from bases around the world, and researches how to improve human performance with technology as part of the mission of the 711th Human Performance Wing.

Wright-Patterson marked it’s 100th anniversary in 2017.

The base traces its lineage to Dayton’s former McCook Field, an Army airplane engineering research center, Wilbur Wright Field, which prepared airmen for military aviation careers, and the Fairfield Aviation General Support Depot.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Meghan Markle’s coat of arms released: what does the emblem mean?
Meghan Markle’s coat of arms released: what does the emblem mean?

Less than a week after becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has received an official coat of arms approved by Queen Elizabeth II. According to Kensington Palace, the Duchess of Sussex is represented in the emblem by a songbird, with its wings elevated as if it is flying. The bird also has an open beak, with three quills that represent communication...
94-year-old pastor plans regional youth center in Fairborn
94-year-old pastor plans regional youth center in Fairborn

Plans are underway to reopen a former church in Fairborn as a youth and family center to serve residents in Greene, Clark and Montgomery counties. A rent-to-purchase contract has been signed with California-based CDF Holdings LLC, the owners of the former Emanuel Ministries property, 206 W. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, according to the buyer, Pastor...
Apartments evacuated after air conditioner catches fire in Riverside
Apartments evacuated after air conditioner catches fire in Riverside

A Riverside apartment building has been evacuated after smoke from an air conditioner filled up a unit, according to firefighters. Crews were dispatched to the complex in the 4600 block of Penn Avenue around 3:10 p.m. after an air conditioner unit caught fire.  Officials said they are working to determine if the fire has spread to other parts...
License plates could cost drivers more in Miami County
License plates could cost drivers more in Miami County

A new $5 license tax may be coming to Miami County soon. The Miami County commissioners agreed this week to hold public hearings June 19 and 26 on a request by the county engineer to implement a $5 supplemental license tax to generate more money for county road maintenance. The hearings will be held at 9:10 a.m. both days in the commissioners hearing...
FREE CONCERT TICKETS: If you live in Huber Heights, the Rose is offering a special deal
FREE CONCERT TICKETS: If you live in Huber Heights, the Rose is offering a special deal

As part of their appreciation week, Rose Music Center will be giving away two tickets for two concerts this summer.  Beginning Tuesday, May 29, at 11 a.m. through Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. residents will have access to two free tickets to each of these shows:  JUNE 7 — Postmodern Jukebox JUNE 28 — Kenny G...
More Stories