NATIONAL DEFENSE: Independent Air

For proposing to shake Army airmen loose from Army groundlings, Brigadier General Billy Mitchell was harried out of the service in 1926. For all but setting up an independent air service last week, Major General Henry H. Arnold was handsomely rewarded. He became the first Chief of Air Corps vested with control over every phase of the corps's operations. Without any fanfare and with very little notice, a momentous change was thus made: the Army's flying force was turned over to flying men.

Naturally this shift was not accomplished without strife in the Army. No secret in Washington is the...

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