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Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault / Three Men on a Flying Trapeze

 
 
Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 8, 2014
1. Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault Marker
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Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault

Born in Commerce, Tx, on 6 Sep 1893, Chennault was commissioned in 1917 and received his wings in 1919. A graduate of and instructor at the Air Corps Tactical School, he became a leading advocate of pursuit aviation, and later formed the nationally renowned aero demonstration team called the "Flying Trapezers." Chennault retired in 1937 and went to China where he established the legendary "Flying Tigers." He was recalled to active duty in 1942 as commander of the USAF in China and later commanded the 14th Air Force. He retired from service in 1945 and died in New Orleans, LA, on July 27, 1958.
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Three Men on a Flying Trapeze
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The Flying Trapezers, the Air Corps' first aerial demonstration team, was established under Maxwell's Air Corps Tactical School in 1932. Led by Capt Claire Chennault, members included Lt Haywood Hansell, Sgt John Williamson, and Sgt William McDonald. Chennault used P-12Cs to perform loops, rolls, and figure eights to show his fellow officers that three planes could execute with precision the violent and difficult maneuvers necessary to attack and destroy invading bombers. The team played
Maxwell AFB Base Operations image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 8, 2014
2. Maxwell AFB Base Operations
a key role in developing pursuit tactics and in discrediting the "bomber invincibility" theory before being disbanded in 1936.
 
Erected 1994 by the Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 22.88′ N, 86° 21.246′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Bay Street 0.1 miles north of Ash Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at the cul-de-sac end of Bay Street off Ash Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: Bay Street, Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wright Brothers Flying School (a few steps from this marker); General Larry D. Welch (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lister Hill Center (approx. mile away); The Air Corps Tactical School (approx. mile away); The Thunderbirds (approx. mile away); Cessna T-41A "Mescalero" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Boeing B-52D "Stratofortress" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sikorsky MH-53M 'Pave Low IV' Helicopter (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
 
Also see . . .  Claire Lee Chennault Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on March 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault Photo image. Click for full size.
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3. Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault Photo
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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