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  • Lt. Andrew J. LaBoiteaux Completes Aerial Gunnery Training

    Note: This item is currently in storage Besides learning to fly an aircraft, Signal Corps pilots were required to train on aerial gunnery.  Before leaving for the front, Lieutenant Andrew J. LaBoiteaux completed his aerial gunnery training at Taliaferro Field, near Fort Worth, Texas.  According to his diploma, dated August 10, 1918, LaBoiteaux
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MS “Flogger-E”

    The Soviet-built MiG-23 “Flogger” was designed to replace the widely-used MiG-21. The MiG-23’s advanced radar and fire control system could fire missiles at targets beyond visual range. Variable “swing” wing geometry, similar to that of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark, and robust landing gear allowed the MiG-23 to operate from short, remote
  • World War I Pennants from French Women

     Note: This item is currently in storage. On April 12, 1919, a flag presentation ceremony was held in Paris in honor of the Air Service, A.E.F. Hundreds of banners, hand made by French women, were presented to representatives of the various U.S. squadrons that had served in France during WWI.Five of these pennants are on display in the Early Years
  • Hawker-Beechcraft MC-12W Liberty

    Please note: This aircraft is currently in storage and can be viewed on the Behind the Scenes Tours.The MC-12 was a civilian aircraft modified for military duty. In US Air Force service from 2009-2016, the unarmed Liberty collected information using a variety of sensors as an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform.Flying at
  • WWI Liberty Bond Poster

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The posters created during World War I often reinforced the idea that it was every individual’s responsibility to support the war effort.   The artist of this poster, Charles Raymond Macauley, combined a simple message with powerful imagery in support of the First Liberty Loan campaign, which began in April,
  • Air Service Recruitment Poster

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Many were eager to join the war effort, and war posters were an exciting way to inspire young recruits in World War I.  This 1917 poster, with artwork by J. Paul Verrees, was created to recruit young aviators to serve at the Front, “Join the Air Service and Serve in France – Do it Now.”Click here to return to
  • Lt. LeRoy Kiley on the Italian Front

    Note: This item is currently in storage.In late 1917, due to the lack of suitable training facilities in the United States, a contingent of some 500 Americans were sent to Foggia, Italy, to learn military flying. After completing their training, the new pilots were commissioned in the Army Air Service, and the majority of them were sent to France
  • Capt. Reed Chambers' Calling Card

    Note: This item is currently in storage This calling card was carried by World War I ace Capt Reed M. Chambers, a flight leader with the famous 94th Aero (Pursuit) Squadron.  Capt Chambers, one of America’s most famous flyers, passed these cards to his many colleagues and admirers.  It was not uncommon for other aviators at the Front to pass
  • WWI Cadet Minstrel, 3rd Aviation Instruction Center

    Note: This item is currently in storage The 3rd Aviation Instruction Center at Issoudun, France was a training school for American pilots new to the Front.  There, student pilots received advanced flight training by French and American instructors and were introduced to the speedy pursuit aircraft they would fly in combat.   On April 4, 1918, a
  • Andrew J. LaBoiteaux

    Note: This item is currently in storage. The road to becoming a pilot during World War I was neither fast nor easy. Andrew J. LaBoiteaux, of Middletown, Ohio, began his journey in August, 1917 at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Cincinnati. After completing a course of studies at the School of Military Aeronautics at The Ohio State University

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