ARMED FORCES: Tradition on the Trapezoid

Even before July 21, 1921, the day Billy Mitchell flew a cocky pennant from the tail of his biplane as he led a demonstration bombing of the German battleship Ostfriesland, the Air Service, then and for 26 years after, a limb of the Army, was determined to have its own traditions. Last week the design of the new Air Force Academy, unveiled in models at Colorado Springs, resolutely avoided any resemblance to pseudo-Gothic West Point or the traditional brick and stone buildings at Annapolis. Said one of the architects, Nathaniel Owings: "It was our job here to provide the...

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