Fifteen minutes northeast of Dayton in Greene County, Fairborn hosts not only the Air Force Base, but also Wright State University, and the Nutter Center on its campus hosting events, concerts and shows. WPAFB is headquarters for vast, worldwide logistics systems and is the foremost research and development center in the U.S. Air Force. By many measures, the base is the largest, most diverse and organizationally complex in the Air Force and can be compared to a large industrial park or medium-sized community, all in Fairborn's backyard. Steeped in tradition, Wright-Patterson has been a leader in military aviation development from the time of airplane inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright to today's aerospace age. Nearly all major advances in aviation have their roots at Wright-Patterson or nearby McCook Field. In 1992 the part of the base where the Wrights taught themselves to fly -- a field called Huffman Prairie -- became one of four sites in the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. With all that rich aviation tradition next door, many of Fairborn's residents are affiliated with the base. The wide-open fields near the base are alive with new construction. Farms are slowly disappearing with the addition of golf course communities, and upscale wooded developments. Enterprising people are rediscovering housing stock of renovated farmhouses and modest single-family homes.