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ISBN: 1560988371
Author: Lee Arbon
Language: English
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press; Reprint edition (February 17, 1998)
Pages: 280
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 123
Size Fb2: 1828 kb
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Many of us assume that every Air Force pilot has been an officer. They Also Flew" by Lee Arbon, breaks that misconception by keeping alive the personal histories of the 3007 Sergeant Pilots who served between 1912 and 1942

Many of us assume that every Air Force pilot has been an officer. They Also Flew" by Lee Arbon, breaks that misconception by keeping alive the personal histories of the 3007 Sergeant Pilots who served between 1912 and 1942. Lee Arbon is well qualified to write the book, as he was one of the Sergeant Pilots trained in 1942. He was later commissioned during World War II and retired as a Major. Enlisted pilots' history. com User, May 8, 2000.

Those of us who served their nation as enlisted pilots, even if for a little while, have .

Those of us who served their nation as enlisted pilots, even if for a little while, have found it humbling to learn that few ever knew we served. I have undertaken this writing to place the legacy of this small number of pilots into the literature, and to inform its readers that from 1912 to 1942 enlisted pilots also flew.

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Arbon, Lee. They Also Flew: the enlisted pilot legacy, 1912–1942. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992. Chivalette, William I. Vernon L. Burge: First Enlisted Pilot. Airmen Memorial Museum, 1990s. Coffman, Edward M. The Regulars: the American Army, 1898–1941. Harvard University Press, 2004. Hennessey, Dr. Juliette A. The United States Army Air Arm, April 1861 to April 1917, USAF Historical Study No. 98, (1958). Office of Air Force History.

August 10, 2018 History. the enlisted pilot legacy, 1912-1942. Published 1992 by Smithsonian Institution Press in Washington.

Ralph: There is LOTS of information on both Burge and Dargue in: Lee Arbon, "They Also Flew- the Enlisted . He made his first solo flight in the Phillipines March 1, 1912, becoming the first enlisted man to become a pilot in the Army

Ralph: There is LOTS of information on both Burge and Dargue in: Lee Arbon, "They Also Flew- the Enlisted Pilot Legacy 1912-1942", published by Smithsonian press in 1992. If you want information on early US military aviation, this is a great resource. He made his first solo flight in the Phillipines March 1, 1912, becoming the first enlisted man to become a pilot in the Army. He retired in 1945, with the rank of colonel, after 38 years in the military service. From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP January 1973, Number 79.

They Also Flew: The Enlisted Pilot Legacy 1912-1942. ISBN 9781560988373 (978-1-56098-837-3) Softcover, Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 1998.

In 1912, when the United States opened an aviation school at the newly established Fort William McKinley in the Philippines, only one officer volunteered for pilot training. A corporal, recognizing his opportunity, stepped forward, becoming the first enlisted man in the history of United States military aviation to train as a pilot. Over the next thirty years, three thousand enlisted men would follow his lead. These men--mess cooks, mechanics, and civilian pilots among them--enabled the military to bring the number of pilots in its ranks up to combat strength. They Also Flew traces the history and achievements of enlisted pilots from their earliest days in flight through 1942. Regarded by the military as lacking the education or intelligence to fly, these "sergeant pilots" struggled to earn their wings in a military organization that traditionally reserved this position for commissioned officers. Lee Arbon details the contributions of these men to United States military aviation, recognizing the 17 "aces", the more than 155 men killed in action, and the 11 who were promoted to the rank of general. Presenting the recollections of fellow sergeant pilots as well as the author's own experiences in the cockpit, They Also Flew records the personal sagas of men determined to serve their country in the air.

Comments:

Dynen
Great book and great price. There is not much info on this subject matter elsewhere.
Dilmal
Wonderful Book ! Interesting reading. An excellent history on
the first use of plans in combat and the courageous young men
who made history as the first fighter pilots to go into combat.
We owe them so much.
Direbringer
Great book. Thanks to Felix Lowe, then Director of the Smithsoian Press, for publishing it.
Moonworm
Great book!
Shomeshet
Great book that shows one does not need to be an officer to fly, fight, and win! Who needs the college boys?
Whitehammer
Many of us assume that every Air Force pilot has been an officer. "They Also Flew" by Lee Arbon, breaks that misconception by keeping alive the personal histories of the 3007 Sergeant Pilots who served between 1912 and 1942. Lee Arbon is well qualified to write the book, as he was one of the Sergeant Pilots trained in 1942. He was later commissioned during World War II and retired as a Major.

The book begins in 1911, with Corporal Vernon Lee Burge who learned to fly alongside Lt Frank Lahm at the Phillipine Aviation School at Fort McKinley outside Manila. Being pilot and mechanic, the two men naturally spent a lot of time together. Eventually, Lahm offered to teach Burge how to fly. With this simple act of friendship, a new class of aviator was born.

Drawing from original source documents, Arbon created a comprehensive history of the Sergeant Pilot from Vernon Lee Burge in 1912, through George Holmes' retirement in 1957, signifying the end of the United States Air Force enlisted pilot legacy. From France, through the interwar years, and ending with World War II in the southwest Pacific, the personal histories trace the successes and challenges of the Army Air Corps in historical context.

The Appendices range from the Public laws creating the Enlisted Pilot program, to the list of every Sergeant Pilot who served on active duty. These comprehensive documents offer a historical context for the personal histories offered in the book.

This book needs to be in every Airman's library. This book was on the Air Force Chief of Staff reading list in the 1990s.
Der Bat
I purchased this book because, as a former Air Force pilot (Major, Retired), I know one of the officer pilots who is in the book. He is the Air Force General(Retired) who was my former commander in the Reserves, the only General Officer who was "busted" when he was an enlisted man, for "intemperance". Excellent reading.

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