McCook Field

McCook Field (HM2729)

Location: Dayton, OH 45404 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 46.451', W 84° 11.459'

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Cradle of Aviation Innovation

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McCook Field
Cradle of Aviation Innovation


Interest in the new field of aeronautics grew dramatically when the United States entered the World War I in 1917. The army chose Dayton as the site for a research-and-development program for military aviation because of the area's transportation links to major cities and its engineering and testing facilities. McCook Field, north of downtown between Keowee Street and the Great Miami River, was charged with researching, developing, and testing military airplanes and accessories. For nearly a decade, many advancements in aviation occurred at McCook Field. They included new aircraft, controllable-pitch propellers, bulletproof gas tanks, free-fall parachutes, and night-observation cameras. In the 1920s, larger and more-powerful aircraft overwhelmed the small field, which featured a large sign to warn pilots: "This field is small. Use it all." In 1927, aeronautical engineering was transferred to newly-created Wright Field, now a part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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McCook Field
Cradle of Aviation Innovation
Ca. 1917

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HM NumberHM2729
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Year Placed2017
Placed ByCity of Dayton and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 27- 57.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 10:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 740582 N 4406468
Decimal Degrees39.77418333, -84.19098333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 46.451', W 84° 11.459'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 46' 27.06" N, 84° 11' 27.54" W
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Area Code(s)937
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Great Miami River Recreational Trail, Dayton OH 45404, US
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