The chief purpese cf thispublicaticn
aercnautics tC' tho flying per
in the RegUlar
Reserve Crrps, Naticl1alGuard, .and <,thers ccnnected with aviaticn. " "
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Infcrmation DivisionAir CorpsI wish t()t'ake this Op'Port'Wlity to extend to the officers, no~.;,.commiPJ.tdiledofficers, "thet;nlisted menof the
Air Corps' and their ,families
most: ::,.,heartfelt wishes for a NewYear ,full of hap~iriess and contentment.Importarii legislation, dealing with materiel as well as personnel, haSbeen stUdied 'and d;:i.scussedby Congress for some tinie, and I share with all E)f you the sincie~e"hoPe that those deliberations will bear fruit this year.,.'.' :: F. TRUEEEDAVISON, ,Assistant Secretary of War•.VOL.
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They s~ that the darkest hour usually comes.b~fo1iedawn, but accordingto the follOWing story just submitted by the NewsLetter Correspondent fromLangley Field, Va., the above sit-uation was entirelf :reversed, the dark hourcoming just befo.r~Jlunset. " ., .Our CorresPondent goes on to s~ that the Air Corps Tactical School <iui'ing ,the afternoon
DepemQer17th met the old enexny:of aj.rmen, fog, and:t}),ought}ie ,battle which fo~llbwe,$fWaSnot decisive" the honors,
:s'uffered,~o casual.t tee of any kinO:to personnel, the only'"lossesbeing one airpl~~.ppit)plet.ly wrecked and another damaged;so that it 'willrequire complete' overhaul. '" .' : ,It all,happened'l:a1;e in the afternoon of a day Whichhad ,been giVen
to an all~aay practical problem under the supervision of Ipt Lieut. OlaYton L.Bissell, .A..C•• Pursui t Instructor in tlle Tactical School. The entire
consisting of eighteen Pursuit Ships and eight two-seaters ,had'
sent onthe last miSsion of the, d8$"and was to land on the Langley Field ~~rd.romeat
4:45 P.M. This plan must have been knownto the enemy, for at.,abo'Ut:4:00 P~M,~a fog rolled in ,from,:\:he ~ast and in a few minutes the post was obsc-w:-ed.Thus, a new Situa.~ion was,suddenly inje~ted into this particular pi'ob,lem.and,in view of the fact that. the Pursuit shipl!lwould have about exhauste~ theirgasoline s"Up:9lY,A\uicka,dt:ion was nece,asary. :, '., , '.A.tabout,4:
t?e :f~rs-t,airplan.s were heard flying towaJ;'d.the.field..AJJ:,landing lights~ obs"tacle .lights and the beacon had been turned'on't.o guide the'pilot'S, and arrtmgement,s":.w~r. mad. to burn magnesium flares on'the flF!:dgfield in the hope th~t the pilots would be able to see them. Signal'lightswere fired from the ground and from the water tank. Vertical visibilfty:~p~peared to be better than tateral visibility. but the pilots would requirevisibility in all directions to land successfully.Soon there were
airplanes fl1ing over the field and.eVi.den.t~someof the pilots were attempting to land. Twothree-ship formations coUld
dimly seen flying over the field at about 500 feet~ The fact that they werekeeping a fairly close format ion indicated that they were llOt in the fog
that altitude. , Then",it was'-evident that a Pursuit ship was att~mpting.'to land.It could be heard as :it glid,ed, in, the pilot evidently feeling for the field.. -.The next sound:indi6~ted that ..it waSon the ground and t~ing to' the 'li'ne~"'l'he pilot was 2ndL,ieut. E.M. D~,A.C. He stated that after flyingaroimd inwhat he thought' was the Vicinity of the field he suddenly saw the beacononly;'a short distance away,. That. gave him his lQcation and
to the l;:md.int":he'came, graduallyfee1ing his
way. . .;
Then came'a.t('lephone eall that a ship had erashedon liTem'
fa;rin'"near NewBridge Creek en the BackRiver Road. Meager information -
a Med-ical Officer, an Engineering Officer and crew were dispatched to l.cate it.It turned out to be Capt. H.W.Flickinger whohad struck: a tree in la:riding theU.S.M.C.
~ich he was flying, .completely washing out the. ship.,
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