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Date: 1944-12-27 

Description: War hero Capt. Richard I. Bong, of Poplar, Wisconsin, credited with knocking out 21 Japanese planes in the South Pacific, shaking hands with Governor Walte...

Date: 1943-12-02 

Description: Lieutenant Clarence "Herk" Blend of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, smiles as he poses next to a bulletin board, "Latest Flashes - News" that is hanging on the side...

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...

Photograph

WWI Pilot

Date: 1918 

Description: Captain John B. Stetson, Jr., the officer in charge of flying instruction at the American Expeditionary Force, 2nd Aviation Instruction Center near Tours,...

Date: 1943 

Description: Jesse C. Brabazon, a pioneer aviator from Delavan, Wisconsin, in his uniform as a member of the Milwaukee Wing of the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.

Date: 1952-07-24 

Description: Governor Walter J. Kohler, Jr., turns around in his seat at the state fair to shake hands with three Civil Air Patrol cadets.

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.

Wisconsin History Maker Award

Read about the founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), one of the most decorated individuals in the international aviation community.

Photograph

WWI Ace

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: Rodney Williams, a World War I pilot from Delafield, Wisconsin, posed wearing his U.S. Air Service uniform. With five enemy aircraft downed in July 1918,...

Date: 1960-11-01 

Description: Shown in center is Major Alexander P. de Seversky, pioneer in aeronautical design and engineering, and speaker at the Air Power banquet at the Wisconsin Me...

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: Vernon Castle, half of the glamorous Castle dancing team, enlisted in the British Royal Flying Corps in 1915 and flew over 150 missions at the Western Fron...

Date: 1939 ca.

Description: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the motion picture, "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle" (RKO, 1939). Although Astaire and Rogers were ideally cast to...

Date: 1945-03-28 

Description: A page of a letter written by Dickey Chapelle to Daniel Mich describing arrival by air to an unspecified location for a mission.

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 Post...

Date: 1944 

Description: Treasury Design No. 50, "Pilot." The poster features a pilot with his the index finger of his right hand and all five fingers of his left in the air for a...

Date: 1934 

Description: Jimmy Cagney, Pat O'Brien, and Margaret Lindsay in a publicity still from "Devil Dogs of the Air" (WB, 1935). In this production Cagney and O'Brien play tw...

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: 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...

Postcard

WWI Pilot

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: John Kaminski of Milwaukee in his World War I pilot's uniform.

Date: 1944 

Description: Airman trainee in cockpit of biplane with two flight instructors standing next to the plane at Truax Field during World War II.

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