Famous names, famous firsts

June 2003
Airman;Jun2003, Vol. 47 Issue 6, p20
This article presents information on the people who propelled the growth of he U.S. air power. Henry H. Arnold in 1911 received orders to Daytn, Ohio, for flight instruction. Thirty years, later he became one of the architects of the Air Force. An aircraft mechanic, Vernon L. Burge was the first enlisted person to earn the right to pilot aircraft. William Mitchell made his mark in the 1920s by advocating increased use of air power in warfare, then proving its worthiness by sinking captured German naval vessels with bombs pitched from aircraft. He was court-martialed for insubordination, but his point was made.


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