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Architect of Air PowerGeneral Laurence S. Kuter and the Birth of the US Air Force$
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Brian D. Laslie

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169989

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169989.001.0001

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Beginnings, West Point, and Early Assignments

Beginnings, West Point, and Early Assignments

(p.5) 1 Beginnings, West Point, and Early Assignments
Architect of Air Power

Brian D. Laslie

University Press of Kentucky

The first chapter functions as an introduction and early biography to Kuter. It begins by focusing on his early life, his decision to attend West Point, his time at the Academy and his graduation and marriage. Following this, it shows how a young artillery officer found an interest in airplanes and their use as aerial observation platforms. Finally, it follows the Kuter family arriving at and attending flying training in the wastelands of Texas at Brooks Field. An interesting aspect of this is how Kuter and family move from the very plush Presidio in California to the “hardly palatial” San Antonio. This chapter also introduces Mrs. Ethel Kuter, whose diaries, scrapbooks, and passion for documenting Larry’s exploits provided a rich historical record to pull from.

Keywords:   West Point, Brooks Field, The Presidio

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