The summer of 1926 may come to be chronicled in histories as the beginning of an era when the U. S. actually leapt into the air, stayed there. No more sporadic gestures like the Shenandoah, the Hawaiian flights, but real laws, appropriations, Cabinet officers, potent metal planes, transcontinental airways mark the summer. Auspicious events:

1) Congress awoke to the need of air defense, appropriated nearly a quarter of a billion dollars for Army and Navy programs; President Coolidge appointed F. Trubee Davison and Edward P. Warner

Assistant Secretaries of War and the Navy,...

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