By Maurer Maurer
Historians regularly agree that the delivery of yank air energy happened within the 20 years among the realm wars, while airmen within the U. S. military and military cast the airplane, the association, the cadre of management, and the doctrines that shaped a beginning for the rustic to win the air struggle in global struggle II. approximately each scholarly examine of this period makes a speciality of those advancements, or upon the airplane of the interval; only a few works describe accurately what the flyers have been doing and the way they overcame the problems they confronted in growing air forces. during this precise, entire quantity, Dr. Maurer Maurer, retired senior historian of the U.S. Air strength old examine heart, fills this void for land-based aviation
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Col. John D. Carmody visited flying fields in search of men who would volunteer to transfer to fill eight hundred vacancies then existing in balloon and airship companies. The largest recruiting expedition in the spring and summer of 1919, however, apparently was one led by Lt. Col. Henry B. Clagett. The seven DH-4s under his command flew from Dallas to Boston and back, the meandering 3,400-mile tour through the central and northern parts of the United States taking more than four months. l 6 To encourage enlistment the Air Service offered to fly the applicant from his home to the nearest field where his enlistment could be completed.
About the same time all of the DH-4s, along with Liberty motors and spare parts, previously sent to the Philippines to be stored as a reserve, came back to the United States for conversion to DH-4Bs. When workmen at Rockwell Field outside San Diego opened one of the crates, they found a motor with a remarkable history. 34 The Air Service endeavored to concentrate certain classes of material at one or two points. Little Rock, for instance, became the principal but by no means the only storage facility for engines.
Menoher, Maj. Gen. William L. Kenly, Brig. Gen. William Mitchell, and Senator Key Pittman of Nevada. Captain Francis kept busy taking newsmen up in his Martin b ~ m b e r . ~ The newsmen were fortunate. Many people would have liked a ride with an Air Service pilot, but joyrides for civilians were prohibited. Pilots could take any member or employee of the Air Service, or any officer or enlisted man of the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps as a passenger. If the President, the Chief Justice, or a member of Congress wanted to go, a pilot could take him.
Aviation in the U.S. Army, 1919-1939 by Maurer Maurer