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United States. Army. Air Service

 Organization

Historical Note

The United States Army Air Service, also known as the "Air Service" and "U.S. Air Service," was the aerial warfare service component of the United States Army between 1918 and 1926. Established as an independent and temporary branch of the U.S. War Department during World War I, it replaced the Aviation Section, Signal Corps as the nation's air force.

In 1926, the name was changed to the Army Air Corps. This lasted until 1941, when the branch changed again to be known as Army Air Forces. The last name change in 1947 and continues present-day as Unites States Air Force.

Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:

John and Alan Blum Northwest Aviation Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2009-09-04
Abstract The John and Alan Blum Northwest Aviation Collection consists of visual and textual materials related to the lives and careers of John and Alan Blum. John founded the Northwest Air Service Company and Alan served as President after his brother died in a plane crash in 1931.

Herbert Brucker Film

 Collection — Box: Film Box 2, Reel: 1
Identifier: 2007-11-16-B
Contents of the Collection The Herbert Brucker Film is a small collection containing one privately shot black-and-white film taken at Mitchell Field in Garden City, New York in 1927. The film is five minutes and 44 seconds long. The footage depicts several well-known aviation events and activities by famous aviators, such as Charles Lindbergh taking off in the "Spirit of St. Louis" for his transatlantic flight; the christening of "America," Richard E. Byrd's Fokker C-2; and James Doolittle performing...

G. W. Charters Notebooks

 Collection
Identifier: 2007-06-27-A
Abstract The G. W. Charters Notebooks are comprised of three notebooks containing training notes of a World War I Army pilot.

John Cook Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2013-07-31
Abstract Born in Scotland, John Cook (1899-) was a mechanic who worked on the engines that powered the Douglas World Cruisers that completed the first circumnavigation of the globe by air. Cook also served in the military for thirty-six years and later was a Quality Control Inspector for the Air Force Aircraft program at Boeing. The collection contains photographs, slides, and textual materials primarily related to his time at Boeing as well as some photographs and documents related to his contribution...

Arthur E. Easterbrook Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2004-09-15
Abstract Arthur E. Easterbrook (1893-1950) held a long career with the U.S. Air Force, beginning as an observer during World War I and later as a recruiter and commanding officer at numerous bases. The collection contains photographs, clippings, and paper ephemera relating to Easterbrook's life and military career.

Halden H. Emrick Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1989-02-16
Abstract The collection contains materials relating to Halden H. Emrick's personal life and varied aviation career as a pilot's instructor during World War I, chief pilot for Curtiss-Wright and other aircraft companies, and a stunt pilot during the heyday of barnstorming in the 1920s and 1930s.

Norman E. Horn Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2006-03-13
Abstract The collection contains photographs of Curtiss Jennys at Love Field, Texas flown by Norman E. Horn in his training as a pilot during World War I.

S. E. Hutton Collection of Caproni Materials

 Collection
Identifier: 1998-11-12
Abstract Sergeant Sol E. Hutton served with the U.S. Army Air Service in Italy during World War I, where he worked with Caproni on aircraft construction. The collection contains items related to the U.S. Air Service program to build Caproni Ca.44 (Military Ca.5, Ca.600) aircraft at the end of the war.

J. V. and Harley Hyde Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1985-08-15-A
Abstract Jules Verne (J. V.) Hyde (1889-1953) and Harley Hyde (1892-1919) were brothers who served in World War I as flight instructors. The collection contains documents, clippings, and photographs relating to J. V. Hyde's military service during World War I, his post-war work as the first manager of Boeing Field, and later work at Boeing as an inspector. The collection also includes documents, clippings, and photographs about his brother Harley's World War I service and death due to an airplane...

William James World War I Photograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2001-02-15
Abstract The collection contains four photographs of fighter pilots who served during World War I and one photograph of a Fokker Dr.I Triplane (F.I).

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