AIR: Spaatz Up

From that exalted eyrie where top-ranking U.S. Air Force officers clasp the crag, a new eaglet stretched his wings and soared. Succeeding to the job which Lieut. General Delos Emmons left when he took over the Hawaiian Department, Major General Carl Spaatz became Chief of the Army Air Force Combat Command.

For his ability to fly hard & fast in World War I, the U.S. decorated "Tooey" Spaatz with a D.S.C.; for stamina in commanding the record-breaking endurance flight of the Question Mark in 1929, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Within...