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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the B. D. Foulois Letter, 1954



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Foulois, Benjamin Delahauf, 1879-1967
Title: Foulois, B. D., Papers
Dates: 1954
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 2000-117
Extent: 1 item
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

Major General Benjamin Delahauf Foulois.” U. S. Air Force. Accessed January 20, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

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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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Foulois, Benjamin Delahauf, 1879-1967 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Air Corps -- History -- 20th century
Subjects
Aeronautics, Military -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Places
Fort Sam Houston (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also Benjamin Delahauf Foulois Papers, 1898-1966, at the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC..

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

B. D. Foulois Letter, 1954, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

box
2L144 Letter, 1954

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