Framed photograph (11" x 9") of the United States Army School of Military Aeronautics at Ohio State University.; Squadron 47 L. Graduating July 20, 1918

Framed photograph (11" x 9") of the United States Army School of Military Aeronautics at Ohio State University.; Squadron 47 L. Graduating July 20, 1918

Names of all the 9 men are in white below the image. Photographer name in white is "(H.H.) Haskell, Columbus, O." Not examined outside of frame. 

Because of the shortage of pilots during World War I, the War Department formed the Aviation Cadet Training Program (1917-1919) and commissioned six universities across the country to open aviation schools (Ohio State, California, Texas, Illinois, Cornell, MIT, with Georgia Tech and Princeton joining later). The Ohio State University opened the School of Military of Aeronautics in May 1917. (References: Rebecca Hancock Cameron, Training to Fly: Military Flight Training, 1907-1945. Washington, D.C.: Air Force History and Museums Program, 1999. 112-113; and https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil). 

A rare photographic image of an important yet limited WWI Aviation Training Cadet Program. No similar photographs found in Worldcat or auction records; online we could only find two images, one in the collection of the National Museum of U.S. Air Force (from The Ohio State University, September 24, 1917) and another at the University of Illinois. Item #828

Price: $375.00

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