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Creation of the Aeronautical Division

Capt. Charles deForest Chandler in civilian clothes holding balloon instruments prior to free-balloon flight in 1907. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Capt. Charles deForest Chandler in civilian clothes holding balloon instruments prior to free-balloon flight in 1907. (U.S. Air Force photo)

On Aug. 1, 1907, at the recommendation of Maj. George O. Squier, Brig. Gen. James Allen, Chief Signal Officer (1906-1913) of the U.S. Army, established the Aeronautical Division under his office, placing Capt. Charles D. Chandler in command. He tasked this embryonic organization with "all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines and kindred subjects." The Aeronautical Division became the first organization to which today's U.S. Air Force can trace an unbroken lineage.

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