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14       U.S. AIR SERVICES       August, 1931
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General Foulois

The readers of the Magazine are too familiar with the achievements and attractive personal qualities of Brig. Gen. Benj. D. Foulois to require a lengthy recitation of them in this issue which confirms the gratifying announcement of his selection by the War Department to serve as Chief of Air Corps for four years, beginning December 19, 1931, with rank of Major General. He has been flying as an Army officer for about twenty-two years. His record in the air and on the ground is inspiring to the Air Corps personnel and to the public. He flies his own ship today and undoubtedly will pilot the Air Corps with equal skill.

Post and Gatty in Washington

POST and Gatty came to Washington, last month, to be received at luncheon by the President and attend several other celebrations in their honor, and Senator Hiram Bingham, who is president of the National Aeronautic Association, met them at the Union Station where they arrived a little before noon by train from New York. We who live in Washington will always feel somewhat abused because the weather, or something, prevented the record smashing, globe girdling flyers from negotiating, as the sports writers say, the distance from Mayor Walker to the White House by plane, but by the time this issue is distributed all will be forgiven. 

Washington crowds are comparatively free from those peculiarities which dominate the scene in New York during a parade of home-coming heroes, and the progress of Post and Gatty in Pennsylvania Avenue in a White House automobile was not delayed by a storm of torn telephone books and ticker tape, but the populace greeted the flyers in a genteel manner as they passed by in the car, each sitting high the way Lindbergh used to do, and Senator Bingham sitting low between them. Gatty, very reserved and always the last to go through a door, was acknowledging the decorous salutations of their disfranchised admirers by holding up his arm and automatically moving has hand back and forth as though to exercise his wrist. Suddenly he looked across to where Post was sitting high but doing absolutely nothing in the way of acknowledgement of the expressed esteem of the spectators. He wasn't even holding his arm up, let alone exercising his wrist. Whereupon Mr. Harold Gatty, navigator of the Winnie Mae, said to Mr. Wiley Post, its pilot, "See here, Wiley, either you'll jolly well hold up your arm as I am doing and do your share of this thing, or I will stop holding my arm up." Post got busy then, and the rest of the way down that famous avenue both flyers did their duty equally. 

That night at the dinner to them, given by the National Aeronautic Association and the Board of Trade in the Hotel Willard, Senator Bingham refused to accept as final the customary three-word speech by Post, and with the experience gained by him as a professor at Yale, he succeeded in uncorking a story of the flight which captivated all who heard it, including the radio audience, and Post sat down to deafening applause after drawling a fascinating account of the episodes in the unprecedented journeyings of the Wasp-powered Lockheed Vega around the world. No one to have [[/column 1]]

[[column 2]] heard him that night would have grasped the significant fact that Post had spent $7,500, every cent he owned, on preliminary preparations for the flight. He won that amount in a prize at Chicago during the National Air Races last year. 
 
The Lindbergh Flight to the Orient

Colonel and Mrs. Lindbergh announce, as we go to press, their intention to start during the last week of July on their flight to the Orient. They play to go to Alaska by way of Ottawa, Ontario, and then up through the Hudson Bay country. From Point Barrow, Alaska, the route to Tokyo curves down across the Bering Sea, into Kamchatka Peninsula of Siberia, and through the Kuril Islands into Japan. 

We should like to be going along, instead of merely going to press. Seeing foreign countries with the Lindberghs would be like going to Gaul with Caesar, to Kitty Hawk with Orville Wright; and while the receptions along the way might be as warm as Washington in July, the nights along part of it should be pleasantly cool.

Hawks Does it Again

The British Air Attaché ,Group Captain L. J. E. Twisleton-Wykeham Fiennes, R. F. C., told the guests at the tenth annual dinner of the National Aeronautic Association in Washington on July 23, that in his opinion the reason Frank Hawks had traveled at such extraordinary speed in Europe was that he wanted to get back to America in time to welcome the return of prosperity. Hawks took off from Floyd Bennett Airport, New York, at 4 a.m. on July 23, and 8 hours and 8 minutes later was ready to join Ambassador Harry F. Guggenheim at luncheon in the Cuban capital. This bettered J. G. Hall's recent record by 27 minutes. Hawks flew back to New York in the afternoon, 1,400 miles, in 7 hours, 31 minutes, reducing his own previous record by one hour and 13 minutes. Prosperity being still somewhere else, he attended a party at his home. And so to bed. 

Major Kilner Promoted

That fine officer, Maj. Walter G. Kilner, has been made Executive in the office of the Assistant Secretary of War for Aeronautics, being recently promoted from a similar position in the office of the Chief of Air Corps. Major Kilner is the ideal executive. The job requires courage, character, sympathy, and brains. He is the repository of the secrets of many, and the secrets are safe. He served General Patrick for three years, and a year ago was called back by the present chief to perform similar duties. When Senator Hiram Bingham was in the Air Corps in France, he learned to admire Kilner. After the war the Senator wrote his book, An Explorer in the Air Service. In the introduction this tribute appears:

"Col. Walter G. Kilner, whose ability as a soldier, aviator and executive were excelled only by his loyalty to those who had the good fortune to serve under him as I did." [[/column 2]]
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