Order of Daedalians

Order of Daedalians Fraternal Organization of Military Pilots
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President Calvin Coolidge authorized construction of a new Army Air Corps training facility in San Antonio on Feb. 15, 1...
02/15/2020

President Calvin Coolidge authorized construction of a new Army Air Corps training facility in San Antonio on Feb. 15, 1928. The innovative circular design allowed squadrons to fly, train and work close to each other in different quadrants. The facility was subsequently christened Randolph Field.

An official American nonstop duration and distance record was made on Feb. 14, 1914, when Lt. Townsend Dodd (shown in ph...
02/14/2020

An official American nonstop duration and distance record was made on Feb. 14, 1914, when Lt. Townsend Dodd (shown in photo), Daedalian Founder Member #1233, and Sgt. Herbert Marcus, Daedalian Founder Member #3523, fly the United States Signal Corps Burgess H tractor biplane. (S.C. No. 26) 244.8 miles in 4 hours, 43 minutes. Although it established a record for two people in one airplane, it also exceeded the previous single-seat record.

Capt. Francis T. Evans, USMC, performed the first loop with a seaplane in an N-9 at 3,000 feet over Pensacola, Florida, ...
02/13/2020

Capt. Francis T. Evans, USMC, performed the first loop with a seaplane in an N-9 at 3,000 feet over Pensacola, Florida, on Feb. 13, 1917. Evans then forced the craft into a spin and recovered, consequently receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross for this contribution to aviation. He was Daedalian Founder Member #3972.

Many of you may have heard of the movie that's currently in theaters, "The Last Full Measure" about A1C William Pitsenba...
02/12/2020
Airman 1st Class William H. Pitsenbarger

Many of you may have heard of the movie that's currently in theaters, "The Last Full Measure" about A1C William Pitsenbarger. Here's some information about this Medal of Honor recipient.

Born in 1944 in Piqua, Ohio, William H. Pitsenbarger was an ambitious only child. He wanted to quit high school to join the U.S. Army Special Forces' "Green Berets," but his parents convinced him to

On Feb. 12, 1903, in Dayton, Ohio, the Wright brothers begin running their new four-cylinder engine, although it breaks ...
02/12/2020

On Feb. 12, 1903, in Dayton, Ohio, the Wright brothers begin running their new four-cylinder engine, although it breaks down during testing.

On Feb. 11, 1913, in Washington, D.C., West Virginia Congressman James Hay introduced the first bill mandating an indepe...
02/11/2020

On Feb. 11, 1913, in Washington, D.C., West Virginia Congressman James Hay introduced the first bill mandating an independent aviation corps, but it is defeated.

Air Force 1st Lt. Jean Marie “Jeannie” Flynn, the first woman selected by the Air Force for training as a combat pilot, ...
02/10/2020

Air Force 1st Lt. Jean Marie “Jeannie” Flynn, the first woman selected by the Air Force for training as a combat pilot, completed six months of training on the McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle with the 555th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, Arizona, on Feb. 10, 1994.
Now as Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, she is the commander of Air Force Recruiting Service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

On Feb. 9, 1934, all domestic airmail contracts were canceled in the United States, and the U.S. Army is ordered to fly ...
02/09/2020

On Feb. 9, 1934, all domestic airmail contracts were canceled in the United States, and the U.S. Army is ordered to fly mail.

On Feb. 8, 1913, Navy Lt. John H. Towers reported on experimental aviation work underway at NS Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, inc...
02/08/2020

On Feb. 8, 1913, Navy Lt. John H. Towers reported on experimental aviation work underway at NS Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, including bombing, aerial photography, and wireless radio transmission, stating in part:
“We have become fairly accurate at dropping missiles, using a fairly simple device gotten up by one of the men. Have obtained some good photographs from the boats at heights up to 1,000 feet. I believe we will get some results with wireless this winter.” Towers was Daedalian Founder Member #4093.

In a demonstration of carrier long-range attack capabilities, pilot Cmdr. Thomas Robinson took off in a P2V-3C Neptune f...
02/07/2020

In a demonstration of carrier long-range attack capabilities, pilot Cmdr. Thomas Robinson took off in a P2V-3C Neptune from Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB 42) off Jacksonville, Florida, on Feb. 7, 1950, and flew over Charleston, S.C., the Bahamas, the Panama Canal, up the coast of Central America, and over Mexico, landing the next day at the Municipal Airport in San Francisco. The flight covered 5,060 miles in 25 hours, 59 minutes—the longest to date made from a carrier deck.

Beginning Feb. 6, 1939, Maj. Caleb V. Haynes flew the XB-15 from Langley Field, Virginia, to Santiago, Chile, in 29:53 w...
02/06/2020

Beginning Feb. 6, 1939, Maj. Caleb V. Haynes flew the XB-15 from Langley Field, Virginia, to Santiago, Chile, in 29:53 with 3,250 pounds of medical supplies for earthquake victims.

A Sikorsky HSS-2 Sea King (later redesignated SH-3A) became the world’s fastest helicopter on Feb. 5, 1962, by establish...
02/05/2020

A Sikorsky HSS-2 Sea King (later redesignated SH-3A) became the world’s fastest helicopter on Feb. 5, 1962, by establishing a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) world speed record for helicopters of 339 kilometers per hour (210.645 miles per hour) over a 19-kilometer (11.8 mile) course between Milford and New Haven, Connecticut. The pilots were Navy Lt. Robert Wiley Crafton and Marine Capt. Louis K. Keck. Both pilots were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the American Helicopter Society’s Frederick L. Feinberg Award.

Charles Augustus Lindbergh, one of the most famous aviators in history, is born in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 4, 1902.
02/04/2020

Charles Augustus Lindbergh, one of the most famous aviators in history, is born in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 4, 1902.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved the last of the World War II ceilings for Navy aircraft on Feb. 2, 1944, which ...
02/02/2020

President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved the last of the World War II ceilings for Navy aircraft on Feb. 2, 1944, which called for an increase to 37,735 useful planes.

The Ballistic Missile Early Warning System site at Thule, Greenland, became operational on Feb. 1, 1961.
02/01/2020

The Ballistic Missile Early Warning System site at Thule, Greenland, became operational on Feb. 1, 1961.

The Navy established its first air station at Pensacola, Florida, on Jan. 31, 1914. Happy 106th birthday to NAS Pensacol...
01/31/2020

The Navy established its first air station at Pensacola, Florida, on Jan. 31, 1914. Happy 106th birthday to NAS Pensacola! Follow their page here: https://www.facebook.com/NASPCOLA/.

A B-52 Stratofortress at Minot AFB, North Dakota, fired up its engines before daybreak on Jan. 30, 2007, for a test to m...
01/30/2020

A B-52 Stratofortress at Minot AFB, North Dakota, fired up its engines before daybreak on Jan. 30, 2007, for a test to measure the difference between JP-8 fuel and a new synthetic fuel. The testing certified the synthetic fuel in cold weather as a means to reduce the Air Force’s dependence on imported fuel. With the wind chill factor, Minot experienced temperatures of minus 25 degrees during the test.
What’s the coldest weather you’ve ever flown in?

On Jan. 29, 1965, the C-141A's certification ends an unusual program in which industry, the Federal Aviation Administrat...
01/29/2020

On Jan. 29, 1965, the C-141A's certification ends an unusual program in which industry, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the U.S. Air Force jointly developed, produced, and tested the aircraft.

The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch on Jan. 28, 1986, killing retired Air Force Lt. Col. Franc...
01/28/2020

The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch on Jan. 28, 1986, killing retired Air Force Lt. Col. Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, Navy Cmdr. Michael J. Smith, Dr. Judith Resnik, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, Air Force Lt. Col. Ellison S. Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis of Hughes Aircraft Corp., and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. This tragedy delayed America’s manned space program for more than two years. The bios of all former and deceased astronauts can be found at https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biographies/former.

The crew of Apollo 1. Left to right, Air Force Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, Air Force Lt. Col. Edward H. White II, and Na...
01/27/2020

The crew of Apollo 1. Left to right, Air Force Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, Air Force Lt. Col. Edward H. White II, and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Glenn H. Curtiss piloted a hydroaeroplane during the first successful flight of that type of plane at North Island, San ...
01/26/2020

Glenn H. Curtiss piloted a hydroaeroplane during the first successful flight of that type of plane at North Island, San Diego, California, on Jan. 26, 1911.
Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson, Daedalian Founder Member #4377, who had assisted in preparing for the test, witnessed this important step in adapting aircraft to naval needs.

Lt. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, Daedalian Founder Member #2182, establishes an altitude record on Jan. 25, 1912, by reaching ...
01/25/2020

Lt. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, Daedalian Founder Member #2182, establishes an altitude record on Jan. 25, 1912, by reaching 4,674 feet in his Wright Flyer. It took 59 minutes to reach that height.

The Spirit of ‘76, the VC-137 in which Lyndon B. Johnson became president in 1963, flew his body from Texas to Washingto...
01/24/2020

The Spirit of ‘76, the VC-137 in which Lyndon B. Johnson became president in 1963, flew his body from Texas to Washington, D.C., in a final tribute on Jan. 24, 1973.

Operation HAYLIFT began on Jan. 23, 1949. The U.S. Air Force aided snowbound Western ranchers by dropping 25,000 pounds ...
01/23/2020

Operation HAYLIFT began on Jan. 23, 1949. The U.S. Air Force aided snowbound Western ranchers by dropping 25,000 pounds of feed to sheep and cattle. Over the next four weeks, Military Air Transport Service C-82s and Air Rescue Service SC-47s also dropped 525 cases of “C” rations, 20,000 pounds of food, and 10,000 pounds of coal to area residents.

On Jan. 22, 1920, CQM Harold H. Karr became the first enlisted man to receive the designation Naval Aviation Pilot under...
01/22/2020

On Jan. 22, 1920, CQM Harold H. Karr became the first enlisted man to receive the designation Naval Aviation Pilot under a program enabling enlisted sailors to undergo flight training.

On Jan. 21, 1968, 35,000 Communist forces begin an extended siege of two Marine infantry battalions and an artillery bat...
01/21/2020

On Jan. 21, 1968, 35,000 Communist forces begin an extended siege of two Marine infantry battalions and an artillery battalion at Khe Sanh, Vietnam. Earlier, on Jan. 16, C-130s airlifted another Marine infantry battalion to give the base 6,000 defenders. The siege prompted an extensive airlift: Through April, a C-123 and C-130 airlift gave the Khe Sanh defenders a 30-day supply of food, fuel, and ammunition by delivering 12,430 tons of cargo in 1,128 sorties. Enemy fire destroyed 3 C-123s and damaged at least 18 C-130s and 8 C-123s. The Marines abandoned Khe Sanh June 23.

At Neufchâteau, France, on Jan. 20, 1918, Col. William “Billy” Mitchell becomes chief of Air Service, I Corps. Mitchell ...
01/20/2020

At Neufchâteau, France, on Jan. 20, 1918, Col. William “Billy” Mitchell becomes chief of Air Service, I Corps. Mitchell was Daedalian Founder Member #12595.

Lt. Paul Beck, Daedalian Founder Member #2938, conducts the first “bomb run” when he drops three sandbags from his Farma...
01/19/2020

Lt. Paul Beck, Daedalian Founder Member #2938, conducts the first “bomb run” when he drops three sandbags from his Farman biplane during a flying meet over Los Angeles on Jan. 19, 1910.

At 10:48 a.m. on Jan. 18, 1911, civilian exhibition stunt pilot Eugene B. Ely flew the same Curtiss pusher that he had u...
01/18/2020

At 10:48 a.m. on Jan. 18, 1911, civilian exhibition stunt pilot Eugene B. Ely flew the same Curtiss pusher that he had used during his launch from Birmingham (Cruiser No. 2) on Nov. 14, 1910, and took off from Selfridge Field south of San Francisco. At 11:01 a.m. he landed on board Pennsylvania (Armored Cruiser No. 4) at anchor off Hunters Point in San Francisco Bay. The plane made a smooth landing from astern onto a specially built 130-foot long by 32-foot wide platform. At 11:58 a.m. Ely took off and returned to Selfridge Field, completing the earliest demonstration of the adaptability of aircraft to shipboard operations.

War began in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 17, 1991. Operation Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm. More than 1,200 c...
01/17/2020

War began in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 17, 1991. Operation Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm. More than 1,200 combat sorties were flown, and 106 cruise missiles were launched against targets in Iraq and Kuwait during the first 14 hours of the operation.

Lt. George E. M. Kelly, Daedalian Founder Member #575, pilots a Wright Flyer over the San Bruno Hills in California on J...
01/16/2020

Lt. George E. M. Kelly, Daedalian Founder Member #575, pilots a Wright Flyer over the San Bruno Hills in California on Jan. 16, 1911, and conducts the first aerial reconnaissance mission when he tries unsuccessfully to photograph and detect camouflaged troops from 2,000 feet.
Less than 3 months later, on May 10, Kelly crashed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He died from a skull fracture an hour after the accident. He was buried in San Antonio National Cemetery.
On June 11, 1917, a new airfield just southwest of San Antonio was named Camp Kelly. It became Kelly Field on July 30 of that year, and finally Kelly AFB on Jan. 29, 1948.

During the San Francisco Air Meet at Tanforan Race Track on Jan. 15, 1911, Lt. Myron S. Crissy, Daedalian Founder Member...
01/15/2020

During the San Francisco Air Meet at Tanforan Race Track on Jan. 15, 1911, Lt. Myron S. Crissy, Daedalian Founder Member #10814, and Lt. Philip O. Parmelee, Founder Member #12889, dropped America’s first live bomb over the side of a Wright airplane on a target 1,500 feet below. Crissy and Lt. Paul W. Beck, Founder Member #2938, designed the bomb.

We're proud to present our latest Founder Spotlight, featuring Brig. Gen. Kenneth N. Walker, Daedalian Founder Member #6...
01/14/2020
FOUNDER SPOTLIGHT: BRIG. GEN. KENNETH N. WALKER - Daedalians

We're proud to present our latest Founder Spotlight, featuring Brig. Gen. Kenneth N. Walker, Daedalian Founder Member #634.
General Walker was an air power advocate, a man driven by his convictions, and an officer who believed in taking care of his people.
In August 1941, he and three other Daedalians – Lt. Col. Harold L. George, Maj. Haywood S. “Possum” Hansell Jr. and Maj. Laurence S. Kuter – would create the Air War Plan in only nine days. AWPD-1 outlined a strategic bombing campaign and projected the aircraft needed to defeat key enemy target sets. The plan proved to be invaluable for our national defense.
Learn more about him at the link below!

FOUNDER SPOTLIGHT: BRIG. GEN. KENNETH N. WALKER The last known photo of Brig. Gen. Kenneth N. Walker, taken outside of his headquarters office at Port Moresby, New Guinea. Kenneth Newton Walker. To military historians, the name evokes various titles. Air power advocate. Daedalian Founder Member #634...

The U.S. Air Force signed at $74 million contract for Convair F-102A “Delta Dagger” supersonic all-weather fighters on J...
01/14/2020

The U.S. Air Force signed at $74 million contract for Convair F-102A “Delta Dagger” supersonic all-weather fighters on Jan. 14, 1957.
Any Daedalians out there who flew this aircraft? Sound off below!

We had a technical error with yesterday's Facebook post. Here is the text that should have been included but was mistake...
01/13/2020

We had a technical error with yesterday's Facebook post. Here is the text that should have been included but was mistakenly cut:
Air Force Maj. Henry J. Deutschendorf, 43rd Bomb Wing, Strategic Air Command, flew from Carswell AFB, Texas, to Edwards AFB, California, with a Convair B-58A-10-CF Hustler, serial number 59-2442, named Untouchable, on Jan. 12, 1961. There, he flew two laps of a 1,000 kilometer circuit between Edwards and Yuma, establishing six new Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) speed records at an average of 1,708.82 kilometers per hour (1,061.81 miles per hour).Major Deutschendorf and his crew, Capt. Raymond R. Wagener, Defensive Systems Officer, and Capt. William L. Polhemus, Radar Navigator/Bombardier, were each awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Major Deutschendorf was the father of Henry J. Deutschendorf Jr., who was better known by his stage name, John Denver.

The Sikorsky XR-4, the U.S. Army Air Force's first helicopter, made its initial flight with its creator, Igor Sikorsky a...
01/13/2020

The Sikorsky XR-4, the U.S. Army Air Force's first helicopter, made its initial flight with its creator, Igor Sikorsky at the controls on Jan. 13, 1942.

UPDATE: It appears when we added the caption to this photo, we mistakenly erased the original post. We apologize for thi...
01/12/2020

UPDATE: It appears when we added the caption to this photo, we mistakenly erased the original post. We apologize for this error, and will repost this event in its entirety on Monday when we return to the office. And yes, Major Deutschendorf is John Denver’s father.
World Record-setting flight crew, left to right, Major Henry J. Deutschendorf, Sr., Pilot; Captain Raymond R. Wagener, Defensive Systems Officer; Captain William L. Polhemus, Radar Navigator/Bombardier. (U.S. Air Force)

Lockheed delivers the first two-seat F-94A Starfire all-weather jet fighter to the U.S. Air Force on Jan. 11, 1950.
01/11/2020

Lockheed delivers the first two-seat F-94A Starfire all-weather jet fighter to the U.S. Air Force on Jan. 11, 1950.

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Thank you for visiting the Daedalians page. Our organization is comprised of rated military aviators from all branches of service. We honor, as our Founder Members, all World War I aviators who were commissioned as officers and rated as military pilots no later than the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918.

Our members support the military services and other aerospace activities through a worldwide network of Daedalian flights. Our awards and scholarship programs encourage patriotism, integrity and good character in our nation’s youth, military careers as commissioned pilots, flight safety, and excellence in the performance of military duties. Our Daedalian Foundation scholarships promote studies in aerospace disciplines.

Our name came from the legend of Daedalus, who was the first person to accomplish heavier-than-air flight. It was considered that “Order of Daedalians” was both fitting and proper for an organization of those who were the first to fly their country’s airplanes in time of war.

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I am hopeful that others with an interest in early aviation may be able to help me caption a photo I have of an XF8C-7, the Naval version of the A-4 "Falcon"; the serial number of this particular machine is 8845. Is this the machine used by Navy Secretary David Ingalls in 1925 or from a later batch? Ingalls was a Bonesman and I think also a Daedalian, and the US Navy's only Ace in WWI. Thanks in advance.
☲✪☲ TODAY IN T-38 TALON HISTORY ➣ Monday, 14 January 1974 USAF T-38A-40-NO Talon s.n. 61-0846 12th FTW Randolph AFB, TX to Webb AFB, TX. Birdstrike. Crashed near Randolph AFB: • 2Lt Allen H. Jackson (SP) Egressed OK • Lt Col Walton F. Dater (IP) killed while flying
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force 1100 Spaatz Street Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433 ‘Plane Talks’ will occur a few times a year and allow visitors the opportunity to interact with various subject matter experts. The experts at these talks may include veterans, active duty, former pilots, crew members, engineers, navigators, and more. These experts will be stationed in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their expertise. These Plane Talks programs often occur on the anniversary of a significant Air Force or military event. Monday, February 17, 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Presidents Day Plane Talks Presidential Gallery in Building 4: Sacred Cow - Joseph Ventolo, former Museum Curator SAM 26000 - Lt Col (Ret) Jack Hampshire, former Advance Agent SAM 26000 - Maj (Ret) Lewis Newhard, former Pilot SAM 26000 - Maj (Ret) Robert Weatherly, former Pilot Flight Examiner SAM 26000 - Maj (Ret) Don Brown, former Pilot and Instructor SAM 26000 - CMSgt (Ret) Danny Bowen, former Crew Chief SAM 26000 - SMSgt (Ret) Gerald Mongelli, former Structural Repair Technician SAM 26000 - TSgt (Ret) Kimberly Weatherly, former Communication System Flight Examiner
~ - - -➣ Friday, 11 December 1959: Joseph H. Moore received the Bendix Trophy for flying a Republic F-105 over a 100 kilometer closed course to establish a world speed record of 1,216 mph. _ FYI: In January 1964 he became the (first) commander of the Second Air Division, Tân Sơn Nhứt Air Base, Việt Nam; and in June 1965 assumed the additional position as (first) deputy commander for air operations, Military Assistance Command, Việt Nam (a leadership role in Operation Rolling Thunder). On 1 April 1966, the Seventh Air Force was reactivated and assumed the expanding mission formerly assigned to Second Air Division in Southeast Asia. General Moore remained as commander, 7th AF. In July 1966 he became vice commander in chief, Pacific Air Forces. General Moore was assigned as the inspector general of the Air Force in August 1967. Annette Fogt Crawford
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Happy Birthday, Carl "Tooey" Spaatz, born this day in 1891. First Chief of Staff of US Air Force and Daedalian Founder #309.
🇺🇸 TODAY IN SEA AIR WAR HISTORY ➣ Saturday, 5 April 1975 Operation Baby-Lift 👶 https://www.facebook.com/groups/431374360216330/permalink/2030217790331971/