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They Also Flew: The Enlisted Pilot Legacy 1912-1942 #SIPSFT0022
They Also Flew: The Enlisted Pilot Legacy 1912-1942
Smithsonian Institution Press

The book, They Also Flew: The Enlisted Pilot Legacy 1912-1942 traces the history and achievements of enlisted pilots from their earliest days in flight through 1942.  In 1912, when the United States opened an aviation school at the newly established Fort McKinley in the Philippines only one officer volunteered for pilot training.  Despite this lackluster start, over the next thirty years, three thousand enlisted men would follow his lead.  These men, civilian pilots, mechanics and mess cooks among them, enabled the military to bring the number of pilots in its ranks up to combat strength.  “They Also Flew: The Enlisted Pilot Legacy 1912-1942” details the contributions of these men to the United States military aviation recognizing the 17 “aces” created, the more than 155 men killed in action and the 11 who were promoted to the rank of general.  The major sections of “They Also Flew: The Enlisted Pilot Legacy 1912-1942” are as follows: 1) Foreword By George Hicks; 2) Introduction, Chief Master Sergeant Wayne Fisk; 3) Preface; 4) Acknowledgements; 5) Prologue; 6) Chapter 1 – America’s First Enlisted Pilot (1907-1912); 7) Chapter 2 – The Philippine Tour Of Duty (1912-1914); 8) Chapter 3 – North Island (1915-1916); 9) Chapter 4 – Army Aviation Gets Involved (1916-1917); 10) Chapter 5 – World War I Enlisted Pilots (1917-1918); 11) Chapter 6 – After The Great War (1919-1923); 12) Chapter 7 – The Sergeants Return To Flying School (1924-1933); 13) Chapter 8 – A Different Breed Of Cat (1931-1935); 14) Chapter 9 – In Search Of A Niche (1935-1940); 15) Chapter 10 – The Approaching War (1939-1941; 16) Chapter 11 – The Sergeant Pilots Join The Battles; 17) Epilogue; 18) Appendices; 19) Abbreviations; 20) Notes: 21) Bibliography and 22) Index.  In addition to an informative narrative, “They Also Flew: The Enlisted Pilot Legacy 1912-1942” includes approximately 77 vintage black and white photographs.  This book is 264 pages and is in excellent condition.  The author is Lee Arbon.  Edition published in 1992.    


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