For Immediate Release
March 2, 2010
AFA Highlights 100 Years of Military Aviation
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association (AFA) today released the following statement highlighting the 100 year anniversary of military aviation:
“On March 2, 1910, in a Wright “B” Flyer, Lt. Benjamin Foulois piloted the first ever military airplane, designated Signal Corps Aircraft Number One, from Fort Sam Houston. He flew just seven-and-a-half minutes. The biplane had two propellers powered by a single gasoline engine, and a wingspan of 36 feet 5 inches.
“This first military flight was at an exciting time of new discoveries and pioneer spirit. It was a vivid early accomplishment in a century of technological advancement that has helped keep our nation free and prosperous. Remarkable advancements continue today with remotely piloted aircraft, fifth generation fighters, experiments in airborne laser and developments in space and cyberspace. These developments save lives, and give our military men and women the tools they need.
“We appreciate the dedicated service of Airmen across the globe and the entire U.S. military. We look forward to the tremendous possibilities in this second century of military aviation.”
AFA is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has over 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 120,000 members. Visit AFA www.AFA.org.
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