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  • Aircraft Insigne, 139th Aero Squadron

    Note: This item is currently in storage This insigne was removed from the wreckage of Lt. David E. Putnam’s SPAD XIII aircraft during WWI. Lt. Putnam was shot down and killed on September 12, 1918 by a flight of eight German aircraft after flying to the aid of an allied observation plane.  Lt. Putnam flew with the Lafayette Flying Corps prior to
  • Aircraft Insigne, 138th Aero Squadron from WWI

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This insigne was cut from the fabric of a SPAD VII aircraft flown by Capt Walter H. Schultze, the commanding officer of the 138th Aero Squadron.  Capt Schultze was killed in an aircraft accident near Anderach, Germany on June 28, 1919.  The squadron insignia was designed by Sgt Samuel Dilly, Jr. of
  • Lt. LaBoiteaux’s Assignment and Back Home

    Note: This item is currently in storageLieutenant Andrew J. LaBoiteaux completed his training at the School of Bombardment in Aulnat, France in on December 2, 1918, almost three weeks after the signing of the Armistice.  On December 6, he received orders to report for duty with the 96th Aero Squadron.  However, by January 10, the 96th had begun to
  • Lt LaBoiteaux on the RMS Adriatic

    Note: This item is currently in storage Lieutenant Andrew J. LaBoiteaux boarded the RMS Adriatic on October 6, 1918.  During the 12-day crossing, LaBoiteaux took advantage of the meals offered, noting in his scrapbook, “Mess wasn’t so very bad going over.”  LaBoiteaux arrived in England on October 17, 1918, sending a quick postcard to his mother
  • Lt. LaBoiteaux Embarkation Instructions

    Note: This item is currently in storage After arriving at port, completing the necessary last minute preparations, and perhaps squeezing in a bit of last minute fun, Signal Corps members were left to await their embarkation instructions.  Lieutenant Andrew J. LaBoiteaux received his instructions on October 4, 1918.  Issued by the War Department and
  • Lt LaBoiteaux Awaits Embarkation to the Front

    Note: This item is currently in storage Officers leaving for the front often had to await embarkation orders once they arrived at their port. Lieutenant Andrew J. LaBoiteaux and other Signal Corps members often spent their time taking care of last minute paperwork, such as obtaining their final medical clearance and official certificate of identity
  • 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

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