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  • 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
  • German Ace and American Citizen Lt. Arthur Rahn

    Arthur Rahn was born in East Prussia in 1897. In January 1915, six months after World War I began, the seventeen-year-old Rahn volunteered to join the Imperial German Air Service. He began flying school in the spring of 1915 in the town of Koslin, near the Baltic Sea. During his combat flying career of less than two years, he served with three
  • WWI U.S. Ambulance Service Patch

    Note: This item is currently in storage. At the outbreak of World War I, the American Field Service was organized by Americans who were living in Paris. They volunteered themselves to be ambulance drivers and medical staff for the French and British Armies. The United States had not yet entered WWI and the U.S. Army did not have an ambulance
  • JN-4D Aircraft Fabric from Lt. Mather's Aircraft

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This item, which is 14-15/16 inches high by 10-3/8 inches wide, is a handwritten note to the Kalamazoo Gazette editor on piece of JN-4D aircraft fabric. The text as written is:   “Kalamazoo Gazette     Feb. 3, 1918Kalamazoo Mich  Dear Editor: Perhaps you heard of thesad news in which the Lieutenant fromPaw
  • 1st Aero Squadron Aircraft Insigne

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This is the first aircraft insignia taken from an airplane used by the U.S. Air Service in World War I. The aircraft was an Avion Renault observation type AR-1. This aircraft was given to the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) by the French at Amanty, France, in February 1918. The insignia is a hand-painted
  • 141st Aero Squadron Aircraft Insigne

    Note: This item is currently in storage. The 141st Aero Squadron was organized in January 1918 at Rockwell Field, Calif. It trained with the Curtiss JN-4 aircraft. As part of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), the 141st Aero Squadron deployed to France as a pursuit squadron and fought on the Western Front.  The 141st Aero Squadron’s emblem is
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