The Wright-Patterson AFB is located in Fairborn, Ohio, just a few miles from Dayton. The site has the unique distinction of being the birthplace of aviation. It was here that the Wright Brothers successfully achieved the first manned, powered flight. Wright-Patt base was established in 1948 with the merger of the Wilbur Wright Field and Patterson Field. It is considered one of the largest, most diverse, and organizationally complex bases in the Air Force.
The Wright-Patterson base is home to the 88th Air Base Wing, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the 445th Airlift Wing, the National Museum of the Air Force, HQ Air Force Material Command, and more!
The Bob Hope Hotel is located right on the base, and is very military-friendly. They had Welcome signs made up for us and gave us complimentary use of a meeting room for each day of our reunion October 2 - October 5, 2017.
Our 2017 Attendees
Day 1 - Meet and Greet
Bob Sterkenburg hauled his very cool 1947 Willys jeep to the reunion. We had a chance to enjoy it before the Meet and Greet officially began.
Day Two - Base Tour
Day 3 - The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
We arrived a little early. Waiting for the museum to open.
WW2 era - Hover to pause on photo, or use arrows on the sides to change slides
Cold War / Vietnam Era
Current Cool Military Aircraft
Day 4 - Vote on reunion location, Raffle, Rides in Bob's jeep, Lunch Buffet
Los Toros de 3973rd 2017
A good time was had by all!
So sorry we missed the 2017 reunion which would have been our first. I was at Moron from June 1958 to June 1961.I will make every effort to make 2018. PETE DAIKOS
Very good picture history of the reunion!
Jaw dropping to see so many I think I knew way back when, though the majority are strangers to me except that anyone from the 3973rd will never be a stranger in my heart. I finally got to see some special people I had not seen in so many years and some I was hoping I would see for the first time..
I’m wearing Dennis’s T-shirt as I type.