A Guide to the B. D. Foulois Letter, 1954
Born in Washington, Connecticut, Major General Benjamin Delahauf Foulois (1879-1967) is considered the father of military aviation. After a decade in the Army, Foulois piloted the U. S. government’s first dirigible balloon in 1908 at Ft. Myer, Florida. The following year, he accompanied Orville Wright on the final trial flight of the first U. S. military airplane from Fort Myer to Alexandria, Virginia. Placed in charge of the Army’s first airplane in 1910 and transferred to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, Foulois taught himself to fly and became the plane’s sole pilot, navigator, and commander. He set additional precedents as the first person to fly more than 100 miles non-stop, the first to test radio in flight, and the first commander of a tactical air unit. Foulois retired from military service in 1935 as Chief of the Army Air Corps.
“Major General Benjamin Delahauf Foulois.” U. S. Air Force. Accessed January 20, 2011.
Comprising a copy of a letter from Benjamin Delahauf Foulois to Colonel Roswell P. Rosengren, the B. D. Foulois Letter, 1954, describes the first military airplane flight, which took place at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
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B. D. Foulois Letter, 1954, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Stephanie Malmros, 2000.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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