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Once a year on Armistice Day, Daedalians will meet up to remember those who have flown west and celebrate those who are working to become military aviators.

DID YOU KNOW?

ON JUNE 20, 1930,

Randolph Air Force Base is established as a training base for the US Army Air Corps near San Antonio, TX. Randolph will come to be known as the “West Point of the Air.”

IN 1953,

due to high speed, an F-11 fighter shot itself because it was faster than it’s own bullet. Just 30 years later, in 1983, an Israeli pilot successfully landed an F-15 with only one wing. The pilot didn’t realize the extent of the damage until after landing. He stated he would have ejected if he had known.

To meet the challenges of WW II, the command produced 1.9 million technical training graduates, 200,000 pilots, 48,000 navigators and aircrew as well as 2.8 million Basic Military Training graduates. In December 1942, Gen Hap Arnold stood on Lackland’s Parade Grounds, looked at 10 acres of Airmen—100,000 people in the grandest formation in Air Force history. He told them they would win the war and help guide the future of airpower. Today AETC continues to produce and airpower truly starts here.

Check Out Photos of Some of Our Own

The Gliders of D-Day

One of the best World War II museums

One of the best World War II museums is in St. Mere Eglise, the Normandy town liberated by the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Paul Bertorelli recently visited the town and prepared this detailed report on how gliders were used during the D-Day operation.

WATCH VIDEO

A Year In Military Aviation History

1917

6 January 

In Washington DC a report recommends that the United States Army and Navy build airships similar to Zeppelins

4 April 

Lieutenant Colonel William ‘Billy’ Mitchell becomes the first United States army officer to
over fly the German lines.

6 April 
The United States declares war on Germany. The United States Army Signal Corps possesses 250 aircraft and the United States Marine Corps (USMC) has a further 54.

8 April 
In Seattle, USA, William E. Boeing’s Pacific Aero Products Company becomes the Boeing Airplane Company.

May
Fast and well-armed Spad XIII single-seat fighters enter service with French squadrons on the Western Front.

7 May 
The first night bombing raid on London by an aeroplane takes place.

19 May 
The United States Government agrees to send an Army division to France.

30 May 
After flying overnight from Chicago, the United States Navy’s B1 dirigible (steerable airship) arrives at Akron, Ohio.

2 June 
The Aviation Section of United States Army Signal Corps becomes the Airplane Division.

16 June 
93 civilian mechanics sail from the United States for England to study the British and French aviation industries.

30 June
Lieutenant Colonel William ‘Billy’ Mitchell replaces Major T.F.Dodd as Aviation Officer of the American Expeditionary Forces.

23 July 
Major B.D. Foulois takes command of United States Army Signal Corps’ Airplane Division.

24 July
The United States Congress in Washington DC passes a bill earmarking $640 million for expenditure on military aviation.

27 July
In Washington DC a naval aircraft factory is approved for Philadelphia.

27 July
A British Airco (de Havilland) DH4 bomber arrives in USA for evaluation and the first American manufactured DH4, powered by a Liberty engine, appears in February 1918.

9 August 
The first Allied bomber is shot down by German night fighter defences near Frankfurt in Main.

13 August
The United States 1st Aero Squadron, commanded by Major Ralph Royce, sails for France.

3 September 
The United States’ 1st Aero Squadron arrives in France.

3 September 
Brigadier-General William L. Kenly is appointed the first Chief of Air Service of the American Expeditionary Force.

21 October 
The American 400 horse-power Liberty engine is tested on a Curtiss HS-1 seaplane.

18 November