American military aviation began almost 149 years ago, in the early days of the Civil War, when the Army for the first time employed balloons for military purposes. The French Army had used balloons for reconnaissance as early as 1794 and American balloonists primarily utilized them for the same purpose.
day, as no one reported being able to see it on radar–no, not a one.
y aviation: late design modifications and production costs overruns.
Thus, airpower’s first hasty decision by a non-Airmen, who ignored Wise advice.
s the first AAA fire (a.k.a. Arlington’s Anti-Aviation fire)?
o construct a unit, leadership was more content to blame him for the disasters and he was fired.
? Did you know persistence is one of the tenets of airpower?
onfederate forces were much weaker than previously reported by land reconnaissance.
g General officers rides. Nothing like that is done today.
Using maneuver, a principle of war, he increased the balloon’s effectiveness.
ong, he decided to organize a balloon corps and offer his services to the Union.
r operational advantage, a hallmark of airpower ever since.
rrived and his balloon was sent forward instead. Imagine Lowe’s frustration.
So there we have the first two months of military aviation, interesting how aerospace power has progressed so far in the last 149 years, but can still relate to those fledgling years.
You might have noticed, I havent been writing much lately. I needed to write something, and the beginning of military aviation history was a great place to start.
It just makes sense.