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Army (1909 -1918)

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1907: U.S. Army Signal Corps establishes the Aeronautical Division to take "charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines, and all kindred subjects."

1914: U.S. Army Signal Corps Aviation Section replaces the Aeronautical Division.

1918: U.S. Army aviation is transferred from the Signal Corps to a newly created Air Service of the U.S. Army.


From the U.S. Army Signal Corps' purchase of their first heavier-than-air aircraft in 1909 through 1919, the U.S. Army used the different manufacturers' designations.

1909 Wright 1909 Military Flyer
1911 Curtiss Model D
1917 de Havilland DH-4
1918 Packard-Le Pere LUSAC 11

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