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Chantilly in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
1. The Distinguished Flying Cross Society Marker
Inscription.  The Distinguished Flying Cross was created by an Act of Congress in 1926. Under the initial Act, along with many military aviators and crew, a select group of civilians received the Distinguished Flying Cross for aerial achievement. These included the Wright brothers and Amelia Earhart. Shortly thereafter, Congress modified the medal criteria to military actions "...for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight."

Over the decades, DFCs have been awarded during World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the post-Vietnam era. The Distinguished Flying Cross has also been awarded to the military aviators and/or their crew for civilian rescues during emergencies and natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.

Some of the notable Distinguished Flying Cross recipients were Charles A. Lindbergh, President George H. W. Bush, South Dakota Governor Joe Foss, Tuskegee Airman Commander Benjamin O. Davis, General Jimmy Doolittle, General Curtis LeMay, and Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale.
 
Location. 38° 54.681′ N, 77° 26.536′ W. Marker
The Distinguished Flying Cross Society Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
2. The Distinguished Flying Cross Society Marker
is in Chantilly, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Air and Space Museum Parkway west of Localizer Road, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly VA 20151, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F-86 Sabre Pilots Association (here, next to this marker); F-100 Super Sabre Society (here, next to this marker); Piedmont Airlines (here, next to this marker); The Tuskegee Airmen (here, next to this marker); The Flying Tigers (here, next to this marker); Sully Plantation (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Sully Farms (approx. 0.7 miles away); Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chantilly.
 
Categories. African AmericansAir & SpaceDisastersWar, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World IIWomen
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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