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Mason Patrick and the Fight for Air Service Independence

White, Robert P.

Published by Smithsonian Inst Pr, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2001
ISBN 10: 1560989432 / ISBN 13: 9781560989431
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Title: Mason Patrick and the Fight for Air Service ...

Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Pr, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: As New

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Edition: 1st Edition


186pp. "Mason Patrick began his military aviation career in 1918 when Gen. John J. Pershing selected him to command the Air Service of the American Expeditionary Force at a critical juncture in World War I. Patrick, one of Pershing's former West Point classmates and an engineer by training, did not earn his wings until 1923, but by virtue of his intellect, political acumen, and organizational skills, he transformed the Air Service and set it on the path to independence from the U.S. Army. In this assessment of Patrick's aviation career, Robert P. White credits Patrick, not his more vocal second-in-command, Billy Mitchell, with ensuring the survival of the Air Service at a time when it faced critical internal and external pressures. While Mitchell played the role of the attention-grabbing publicist, Patrick skillfully functioned as the true leader of the Air Service, expertly maneuvering behind the scenes and in selected public forums to ultimately ensure the creation of the Air Corps. Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 008976

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