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Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pioneers of Aerial Refueling

Airlift/Tanker Association Hall of Fame Inductee - 2009

 
 
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Photographed By Thomas Smith, October 5, 2021
1. Pioneers of Aerial Refueling Marker
Inscription.  
Two aviation events during the 1920s had a significant impact on air mobility. During June 1923 U.S. Army Air Service aviators flew two Dehavilland DH-4 aircraft on four missions designed to prove the viability of air-to-air refueling. The first mission lasted 6 hours and 38 minutes and transferred 75 gallons of fuel. The mission involved 14 air refueling, with the receiver air craft staying a loft for 37 hours and 20 minutes. The final flight on October 25 involved an operational mission covering 1,280 miles from Suma, WA. to San Diego, CA. The Airlift/Tanker Association proudly honors these aviators for their efforts proving the feasibility of air refueling:

Tanker Crew #1: 1Lt. Virgil Hine and 1Lt. Frank W Seifert.

Tanker Crew #2 Capt. Robert G. Erwin and 1Lt. Oliver R. McNeel.

Receiver Crew: Capt. Lowell H. Smith and 1Lt. Kohn Paul Right.
 
Erected 2009 by Airlift/Tanker Association Hall of Fame.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceMilitary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1923.
 
Location. 38° 
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32.403′ N, 89° 51.822′ W. Marker is in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on Main Street just east of Symington Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Heritage Dr, Scott Air Force Base IL 62225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Air Transportation Specialist (here, next to this marker); John F. Shea (here, next to this marker); Air Mobility (here, next to this marker); Aeromedical Evacuation Legacy Team (here, next to this marker); C-17 Pathfinder Loadmasters (here, next to this marker); Gen Carl A. "Tooey" Spatz (here, next to this marker); Major Gen James I. "Bagger' Baginiski (here, next to this marker); Airlift Hall of Fame Memorial (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scott Air Force Base.
 
Pioneers of Aerial Refueling Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, October 5, 2021
2. Pioneers of Aerial Refueling Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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