Army & Navy - COMMAND: Early Birdman

In 1910 Ensign John Henry Towers was a young man with a consuming idea: he thought the Navy should have an air arm. When Congress prodded the Navy into an experimental aviation program, Jack Towers was one of the first three pilots trained. He survived accidents in the air, his two colleagues (thus becoming Naval Aviator No. 1), and his disappointment over the kicking around the air service got from the battleship admirals.

His fixed idea on the importance of aviation won him few friends among the top brass. To his seniors on the quarterdeck he was a baleful-looking, bulldog-stubborn...