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  • Lockheed Martin X-44A

    The X-44A was a low-cost technology demonstrator that led to more sophisticated stealthy unmanned aircraft.  Built by the famed Skunk Works, the X-44A successfully tested multiple technologies.  Its composite structure airframe was quickly built using advanced manufacturing techniques.  The X-44A

  • Lt. Edward Rickenbacker

    Note: This item is currently in storageEddie Rickenbacker completed his pilot's training in just 17 days.  In addition to earning his pilot's wings, Rickenbacker also was commissioned as an officer. On December 10, 1917, Lt Rickenbacker and fourteen other pilots - including Capt. Fiorella LaGuardia,

  • Lafayette Flying Corps Dress Cap

     Note: This item is currently in storage. This Lafayette Flying Corps dress cap (kepki) was made for American volunteer James A. Connelly, Jr.  He joined the Lafayette Flying Corps in November 1917 and was assigned to Spa. 157 and later Spa. 163.  He is credited with seven confirmed

  • Lafayette Escadrille Insignia

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This color illustration of the famous “Indian head” insignia of the Lafayette Escadrille belonged to Lt. Charles Dolan, Jr., an American volunteer with the Lafayette Escadrille during WWI. He served with the squadron until February 1918, when he and many

  • Lt. LaBoiteaux’s Assignment and Back Home

    Note: This item is currently in storage Lieutenant 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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