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Foulois, Benjamin D., 1879-1967


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    • Benjamin Delahauf
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    • Foulois, Benjamin Delahauf, 1879-1967
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    • found: U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Military Affairs. Investigation of profiteering in military aircraft, under Res. 275 ...
    • found: From the Wright brothers to the astronauts: the memoirs of Benjamin D. Foulois, 1968
    • found: Miscellaneous bills: hearing before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, Eighty-seventh Congress, first session, on H. R. 4328, reassigning U. S. Marine Corps supply-duty-only officers; H. R. 6668, amending Contingency option act with respect to annuities based on retired or retainer pay; S. J. Res. 108, authorizing distinguished flying cross to Maj. Gen. Benjamin D. Foulois, July 13, 1961, 1961
    • found: Wikipedia, June 2, 2015 (Benjamin Foulois; a United States Army general who learned to fly the first military planes purchased from the Wright Brothers; he became the first military aviator as an airship pilot, and led strategic development of the Air Force in the United States; Benjamin "Benny" Delahauf Foulois was born on December 9, 1879, in Washington, Connecticut, in 1898, he used his older brother's birth certificate to enlist in the Army to support the Spanish-American War; on June 17, 1899, Foulois enlisted again, using his own name, as a private in the Regular Army; he was commissioned as a 1st lieutenant in the Signal Corps on April 30, 1908; he forecast the replacement of the horse by the airplane in reconnaissance, and wireless air-to-ground communications that included the transmission of photographs; Foulois' first aviation assignment was duty with the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps, where he operated the first dirigible balloon of the U.S. Government; on July 30, 1909, Foulois' first flight in an aeroplane was an evaluation test flight from Fort Myer to Alexandria, Virginia; pilot Orville Wright and Navigator Foulois broke previous speed, altitude and cross-country duration records, on March 16, 1916 Foulois flew as the observer with Townsend F. Dodd on the first American military reconnaissance flight over foreign territory (overflying Mexico in search of Pancho Villa); from March to September 1917, General Foulois was charged with the responsibility for the production, maintenance, organization and operations of all American aeronautical material and personnel in the United States; in October 1917, he was transferred to France, and had the same responsibilities in France, the British Isles and Italy; on December 19, 1931, he was appointed Chief of the Air Corps by President Herbert Hoover, which carried the rank of major general; Foulois left active duty December 31, 1935 after 36 years of service; prior to World War II, he ran New Jersey's civil defense program; in 1963, Foulois appeared on the television quiz show I've Got a Secret, where his secret was that he had once been the entire U.S. Air Force; General Foulois died on April 25, 1967 at Andrews Air Force Base)
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