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Wray R. Johnson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177045

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177045.001.0001

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Origins of Marine Corps Aviation

Origins of Marine Corps Aviation

(p.23) 1 Origins of Marine Corps Aviation
Biplanes at War

Wray R. Johnson

Wray R. Johnson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter explores the advent of aviation in the US Marine Corps, beginning with the determination of Alfred A. Cunningham to excite the Corps’ interest in the possibilities of heavier-than-air powered flight. This is followed by an examination of the employment of Marine Corps aviation in World War I, including predeployment training and combat operations. The chapter concludes by addressing the import of this experience, especially with regard to the development of Marine Corps aviation in the small wars era.

Keywords:   US Marine Corps, Cunningham, powered flight, World War I, training, combat operations

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