The Aviation Pioneers of McCook Field

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The Aviation Pioneers of McCook Field

The Aviation Pioneers of McCook Field

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Unpublished, candid interviews with crucial figures in early American aviation, including Jimmy Doolittle, Alexander Seversky, George Kenney, Reuben Fleet, and many more.

McCook Field was a small air base in Dayton, Ohio, that was active only from 1917 to 1927. McCook was exceptional because it was designated by the US Signal Corps / Army Air Corps as an aeronautical research facility. As the center of prototype testing of new aircraft, McCook was a magnet for the leading aviators and engineers of the time.

  • This work contains unpublished interviews with 20 of those aviation pioneers.
  • WWII hero Jimmy Doolittle
  • Test pilot Harold R. Harris (the first man to fly in a pressurized cockpit, first to bail out with a free fall parachute)
  • WWII Tenth Air Force commander Howard Davidson
  • Major General Franklin O. Carroll, who oversaw the development of the first American military jet aircraft
  • Oakley Kelley, who made the first nonstop flight across the United States in 1923
  • The first SAC (Strategic Air Command) commander, George C. Kenney
  • Consolidated Aircraft Company founder Rueben Fleet
  • Alexander Seversky, who created the Norden bombsight and founded the Republic Aviation Corporation.

The majority of the interviews were conducted by the author in-person, with the remainder being drawn from audio-recorded interviews by a personal friend, General George W. Goddard.

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