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William "Billy" Mitchell in Flight Gear

Date: 1916
Description: General William "Billy" Mitchell posing next to an airplane wearing flight gear.
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Wright Brothers' Hydroplane

Date: 1912
Description: A hydroplane built by the Wright Brothers being tested by the U.S. Navy on San Diego Bay.
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Bellinger in Navy Flying Boat

Date: 1914
Description: Lieutenant Patrick N.L. Bellinger, one of the first Navy flyers, piloting a U.S. Navy flying boat during the U.S. occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico. During t...
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Curtiss Hydroplane in San Diego Bay

Date: 1912
Description: Glenn Curtiss sold two hydroplanes (NS 1 & 2) to the U.S. Navy and continued to test them independently from their base also located on North Island. This...
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WWI Pilot

Date: 1918
Description: John Kaminski of Milwaukee in his World War I pilot's uniform.
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WWI Ace

Date: 1918
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,...
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First to Fly — Army Demonstration

Date: September 1908
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...
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General Mitchell with Medals

Date: 1925
Description: General William "Billy" Mitchell in full dress uniform.
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General Mitchell in the Cockpit

Date: 1918
Description: General William "Billy" Mitchell in the cockpit of his airplane.
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Eddie Rickenbacker-Ace of Aces

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Description: Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker, who earned the title "Ace of Aces" for his 27 victories during World War I. In this photograph he is posed against a plane...
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Civil Air Patrol Volunteer

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.
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Doomed Demons

Date: 1935
Description: "Doomed Demons" by Eustace L. Adams, part of the Air Combat Stories for Boys series published by Grosset & Dunlap between 1932 and 1946. The cover art is b...
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Final Flight

Date: January 31 1971
Description: View of the cockpit as Lt. Col. Joseph Bourassa and co-pilot Leonard Dereszynski of the 440th Tactical Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve at General Mit...
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Atlantic Crossing Crew

Date: May 19 1919
Description: The crew of NC-4 during their interim stop in the Azores: Left to right: Lt. Elmer Stone, Eugene Rhoades (machinists mate), Lt. Walter Hinton, Ensign H.C....
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Cochrane and ATA Pilots

Date: 1941
Description: Jacqueline Cochrane (directly under the propeller) with a group of women pilots in the British Air Transport Auxiliary. One of the leading race and test pi...
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Doolittle Portrait

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Description: A photograph of General James H. Doolittle in a B-29, inscribed to aviation publicist, Harry Bruno. Doolittle's illustrious career included air racing duri...
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Vandenberg, Bruno, and Twining

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Description: Aviation publicist Harry Bruno flanked by two Air Force generals with Wisconsin ties who played a prominent role in shaping post-World War II air defense p...
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Flying School

Date: August 1917
Description: A visiting French officer instructs novice American pilots at Camp Mineola on the conditions that they can expect to find at the front.
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Flying School

Date: May 1917
Description: A ground school conducted by Princeton University for students who wished to enlist in the Army Air Service. During World War I most American aviators were...
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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,...

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