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Date: 1916 ca.

Description: General William "Billy" Mitchell posing next to an airplane wearing flight gear.

Photograph

Maitland's Fokker

Date: 1927-06 

Description: The Fokker airplane in which Lt. Lester Maitland of Milwaukee and Lt. Albert Hegenberger made the first California to Hawaii trans-Pacific crossing.

Photograph

Lovell and Laird

Date: 1969-04-04 

Description: Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird of Wisconsin (on the far right) with astronaut James Lovell, a former student at the University of Wisconsin, and his wif...

Historical Essay

Milwaukee's Maverick Aviator

Milwaukee's William Mitchell went from a court-martial for insubordination to being widely understood to be the father of the modern U.S. Air Force.

Date: 1922 

Description: General William Mitchell, with his personal airplane and Milwaukee airport manager Giles Meisenheimer at Butler Field, the first Milwaukee County airport....

Photograph

Military Aircraft

Date: 1943-09-05 

Description: Military aircraft at a Drome (airfield) near Port Moresby, preparing to take off for a landing at Nadzab near Lae. The aircraft in the foreground is named...

Date: 1920 

Description: In a publicity still from "The Wonderman," Henri D'Alour (played by Georges Carpentier, the French boxer, aviator, and actor) stands grinning over the shou...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Helicopter pilot Scott Alwin, a native of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, with his UH-1 ("Huey"). Alwin spent five tours of duty in Vietnam from 1967 to 1972, se...

Date: 1944 

Description: Instructor on the wing of a biplane talks with an airman trainee in the cockpit of a plane during flight training at Truax Field during World War II.

Photograph

Bong and MacArthur

Date: 1944-12-12 

Description: General Douglas MacArthur congratulates Richard I. Bong, World War II Ace of Aces from Poplar, Wisconsin, after awarding him the Congressional Medal of Hon...

Date: 1939 

Description: Dickey Chapelle, in a helmet and goggles, poses next to another pilot in front of an airplane.

Date: 1908-09 

Description: Among the spectators present to watch Orville Wright's demonstration of the Wright Flyer at Fort Myer, Virginia, were Lt. Frank P. Lahm (left), one of the...

Date: 1952-04-29 

Description: As a promotion stunt, several of the committee members and 11 girls who were semi-finalists in the court of honor contest for the University of Wisconsin-M...

Photograph

Bong on Leave

Date: 1943 ca.

Description: Elvated view of war hero Richard Ira Bong (center, in flight jacket) on leave in Poplar, with friends, relatives, and admirers. The group is walking down a...

Date: 1977-09 ca.

Description: The first class of female Air Force jet pilots posing with a supersonic T-38 Talon training aircraft at Randolph Air Force Base. Their training was part of...

Date: 1943-11-21 

Description: Major Arthur L. Post of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was shot down on June 20th, 1943 and rescued on September 28th, 1943 after 101 days in the jungle. Here he is...

Date: 1948-11-08 

Description: Capt. Homer P. Anderson, U.S. Air Force, (center) posing at a meeting of the Kiwanis club at the Park Hotel. With him are his co-pilot from Langley Field i...

Date: 1953-04-15 

Description: Infantry troops of the 8th Army preparing to board a Bell UH-1D helicopter of the 6th Transportation Helicopter Company for transport to the front.

Date: 1919 

Description: Lieutenant Eric Burgess, a U.S. Army aviator played by Harrison Ford, sits on the edge of a well with Marty Mackenzie (Vivian Martin) in a scene still from...

Date: 1952-04-29 

Description: As a promotion stunt, several of the committee members and 11 girls who were semi-finalists in the court of honor contest for the University of Wisconsin-M...

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