Daedalian Virtual Flight

Welcome to the Daedalians Virtual Flight. This page celebrates the heritage of our Founder Members, and offers all visitors an interactive look at aviation. Additionally, Daedalians who are not affiliated with a local flight/chapter may join the Virtual Flight email list to get updates on activities and information. There are no flight dues.

Each year on Armistice Day, Daedalians meet up to remember those who have flown west and celebrate those who are achieving their dreams to become military aviators. Don’t live near a flight? Send us your name and location and we’ll connect you with other Daedalians close by.

Commemorating the first military flight

Stinsons Flight 2 and the 502nd Air Base Wing held a wreath-laying ceremony March 1, 2019, at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. The ceremony commemorated the first military flight, which took place on March 2, 1910, at Fort Sam Houston’s MacArthur Parade Field. The pilot was Lt. Benjamin Foulois, Daedalian Founder Member #321. LEFT: Officials render a salute after placing a wreath at the Foulois Memorial. Facing the memorial are, from left, Air Force Lt. Col. Emil Bliss, Army Col. Samuel E. Foil and Army Col. Peter Velesky. ABOVE: Aviators gather for a group photo after the ceremony.

A look back at 1934

The Daedalians observed 85 years as an organization on March 26. Here’s a look back at what life was like in the United States in 1934.

President: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Vice President: John Nance Gardner
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives: Henry Thomas Rainey

New house: $5,970
Average income: $1,600 annually
New car: $625
Average rent: $20/month
Tuition to Harvard: $410 annually
Movie ticket: 25 cents
Gasoline: 10 cents/gallon
First-class postage stamp: 3 cents
Milk: 45 cents/gallon
Eggs: 17 cents/dozen
Bread: 8 cents/loaf
Hamburger: 12 cents/pound

1934 was the year of the 6th Academy Awards.
Best Picture: Cavalcade
Best Actor: Charles Laughton, The Private Life of Henry VIII
Best Actress: Katherine Hepburn, Morning Glory

Top 3 songs for 1934:
1 – Moon Glow, by Benny Goodman
2 – Continental, by Leo Reisman
3 – Tumbling Tumbleweeds, by The Sons of the Pioneers

Top 3 books for 1934:
1 – Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
2 – Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3 – Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers.

Step into the world of virtual reality

Pilot training sure has changed in the last 85 years!

Eddie Rickenbacker, American Ace of Aces, World War I. Daedalian Founder Member 169.

Can you ace this quiz about Aces?

1. Who was the first member of the U.S. Army Air Service to score an aerial victory?
2. Who was known as the Arizona Balloon Buster?
3. Who was the only U.S. Navy Ace in World War I?
4. Who was both a U.S. Navy Ace and Medal of Honor recipient?
5. Which Ace went on to become the first commissioner of the American Football League?
6. Who was the first U.S. Air Force jet Ace?
7. Which Ace served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps before entering the Aviation Cadet Program?
8. Who was the first weapon systems officer to achieve flying Ace status?
9. Which Ace spent most of his youth in India as the son of missionaries?
10. Who was the top U.S. Ace in the European Theatre during World War II?

A. James Jabara
B. David Ingalls
C. Paul Baer
D. Robert Hanson
E. Joseph McConnell
F. Francis Gabreski
G. Charles DeBellevue
H. Joe Foss
I. Edward O’Hare
J. Frank Luke

Click here for answers!

1. C – Paul Baer

2. J – Frank Luke

3. B – David Ingalls

4. I – Edward O’Hare

5. H – Joe Foss

6. A – James Jabara

7. E – Joseph McConnell

8. G – Charles DeBellevue

9. D – Robert Hanson

10. F – Francis Gabreski

You’ll be amazed at the aviation trivia you’ll discover here!

Spring is around the corner, but you can still test your cold weather flying skills.

We bet Daedalians can easily answer these aviation-related questions.

Airport Codes from A to Z

How many of these airport codes do you know? How many of these airports have you flown into?

AEX – Alexandria International Airport, Alexandria, Virginia. Previously known as England Air Force Base.

BIO – Aeropuerto De Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain. Opened for passenger travel in 1948.

CIU – Chippewa County International Airport, Chippewa County, Michigan. Formerly Kincheloe Air Force Base.

DUD – Dunedin International Airport, Dunedin, New Zealand. Known for its “Southern Man” sculpture, reputed to bring good luck to travelers.

EYW – Key West International Airport, Key West, Florida. Features one of the shortest runways in the U.S.

FSD – Sioux Falls Regional Airport, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Also known as Joe Foss Field, named after Marine aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Joe Foss.

GEG – Spokane International Airport, Spokane, Washington. Originally known as Geiger Field, honoring U.S. Army aviator, Maj. Harold Geiger.

HND – Tokyo International Airport, Tokyo, Japan. Until 1952, it was officially named after Haneda, the former fishing town where it is no located.

ICT – Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, Wichita, Kansas. Formerly named Mid-Continent Airport.

JNB – O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa. Renamed in 2006 to honor Oliver Tambo, former African National Congress president.

KAN – Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Nigeria. The oldest airport in Nigeria.

LBB – Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, Lubbock, Texas. Opened in 1937 and originally named South Plains Airport.

MAJ – Marshall Islands International Airport, Majuro, Marshall Islands. Built during World War II.

NWI – Norwich International Airport, Norwich, United Kingdom. Opened during World War II as RAF Horsham St. Faith.

ORK – Cork Airport, Cork, Ireland. One of the three primary airports in Ireland.

PEK – Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing, China. Second largest terminal in the world.

QRO – Aeropuerto Intercontinental de Querétaro, Querétaro, QE, Mexico. Replaced Ing. Fernando Espinoza Gutiérrez International Airport in 2004.

RUN – Aéroport de la Réunion Roland Garros, Saint-Denis, Réunion, France. Named after Roland Garros, French aviator and World War I pilot.

SBD – San Bernadino International Airport, San Bernadino, California. Located on the former site of Norton Air Force Base.

TIA – Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza, Tirana, Albania. Named after Mother Teresa.

UTH – Udon Thani International Airport, Udon Thani, Thailand. Used as Udorn Thai Air Force Base during the Vietnam War.

VGT – North Las Vegas Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada. Originally Sky Haven Airport, opened the same day as the attack on Pearl Harbor.

WAW – Lotnisko Chopina w Warszawie, Warsaw, Poland. Honors Polish composer Frédéric Chopin.

XNA – Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, Fayetteville, Arkansas. When airport codes switched from two letters to three, the U.S. Navy reserved all codes starting with ‘N,’ so the airport opted to use ‘X’ as its first letter.

YAP – Yap International Airport, Yap, Micronesia. One of the few airports whose code is the same as the name of the area it serves.

ZRH – Flughafen Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. Switzerland’s busiest airport.

Cmdr. Theodore G. Ellyson

Theodore Gordon “Spuds” Ellyson was Naval Aviator No. 1, the first Navy officer to qualify as an airplane pilot. He also piloted an A-1 (later AH-1) during the Navy’s first attempt to launch an airplane by catapult in 1912, and later that year tested the Navy’s first C-1 flying boat.

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Daedalian Photo Album

If you have a photo of yourself — either current or from “back in the day” — that you’d like to share on this page, please send it to Annette@Daedalians.org, with “Daedalian Photo Album” in the subject line.

Reunions — celebrating camaraderie

Organizing a military reunion? Add it to our listing! Just click on the + sign to see the upcoming events. To add your reunion to the list, email communications@Daedalians.org.


Vance AFB UPT Class 68-G 51st Year Reunion
Oct. 9-11, 2019
Tucson, Arizona
POC: Bob Hayden
bohayd42@yahoo.com or 512-335-0029

Webb AFB UPT Class 68A 52nd Year Reunion
Oct. 17-20, 2019
Washington, D.C.
POC: Lou Hari
301-757-7031 or louis.hari@wyle.com

USAF UPT Class 67-G Reunion
(Willie: Good Grief, Warlock, Boomer and Schatzi)
Jan. 21-23, 2020
Jacksonville, Florida
POC: Jimmy Brown
904-635-9531 or jimab@comcast.net

12th TFW Reunion
(Includes 12th TFW at MacDill AFB, Florida; Cam Ranh AB and Phu Cat AB, Vietnam; 12th FEW/SFW, Bergstrom AFB, Texas (Korea) and all supporting units)
May 6-9, 2020
Dayton, Ohio
POC: E.J. Sherwood
EJ12TFW@cox.net or 480-396-4681
(A memorial dedication to the 12th TFW will occur during this event.)

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Daedalus Flyer

Fall 2019
Also available in downloadable PDF.


September 2019 Issue

Heritage Snapshot

John A. Hilger, who would retire as a brigadier general in 1966, is shown as a flying cadet at Army Air Corps flying school in 1933. In 1942, he was assigned as deputy commander and pilot with the Doolittle Raiders, and participated in the April 18, 1942, raid on Tokyo. Learn more about him here.