On this day: August 1

POSTED: 08:47 PM PDT Jul 31, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 31, 2016 

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OTD August 1 - Aeronautical Division
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1907: The U.S. Army establishes the Aeronautical Division, Signal Corps, that later will become the U.S. Air Force. The division consisted at its inception of one officer (Capt. Charles deForest Chandler, seen here on the left in 1912) and two enlisted men and focused on the use of hot-air balloons.


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