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College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Army Aviation School

 
 
Army Aviation School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 16, 2018
1. Army Aviation School Marker
Inscription.  The first Army Aviation School set up operations at the airfield in 1911, with 5 new aeroplanes (2 Wrights, 2 Curtiss, 1 Burgess-Wright) and 4 hangars adjacent to the road.

Several of the civilian hangars had to be relocated to be in line with the Army hangars. Instructors included Captain Charles deForest Chandler, Captain Paul Beck, and Lieutenants Henry "Hap" Arnold, Thomas Milling, Roy Kirkland, Leighton Hazelhurst and Lewis Rockwell.

Several important achievements in aviation occurred in 1911 and 1912
• Army altitude record for Hap Arnold (6,540 feet)
• Development and testing of a bomb sight (Riley Scott)
• Early aerial photography testing from a military plane
• First machine gun fired from a plane
• First enlisted man to die in an aviation accident (Cpl. Frank Scott)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceEducationMilitaryRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
 
Location. 38° 58.857′ N, 76° 55.613′ W. Marker is in College Park, Maryland, in Prince George's
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By Devry Becker Jones, March 16, 2018
2. Army Aviation School Marker
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County. Marker can be reached from Corporal Frank Scott Drive north of Litton Drive, on the left. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park MD 20740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Aviation (a few steps from this marker); Airmail (within shouting distance of this marker); Taliaferro House (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); College Park Airport (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cory House (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named College Park Airport (approx. 0.2 miles away); City of College Park (approx. ¼ mile away); McDonnell House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in College Park.
 
Sign near the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 16, 2018
3. Sign near the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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