Published June 09, 2015
As World War I continued throughout Europe, it quickly became apparent that there was a shortage of trained pilots in the United States. The War Department and the U.S. Army formed the Aviation Cadet Training Program, and commissioned six universities across the country to open aviation schools. The Ohio State University opened the School of Military Aeronautics in May 1917. This photograph of Squadron No. 16 was taken on Sept. 24, 1917, on the steps of Orton Hall.
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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)