It was 20 JUNE 1941 that the US Army Air Corps becomes the US ARMY Air Forces. Yet it would take until after WW II for the US Air Force to emerge as a separate military service from what the US Army Signal Corps began in 1908 when the Wright brothers responded to the US Army’s request for a heavier than air flying machine.
That first military flight occurred on Fort Myer Virginia during September 1908. It would be in July 1909 that upon the Wright Brothers return to Fort Myer that the Signal Corps of the US Army would accept the Wright Flyer as the approved response to their request. After an appropriate location was selected while using a gas balloon, the Wright Brothers begin flight training of US Army pilots at what now is College Park, Maryland. It is where the oldest continuous operating airport in the world, still exists along with a museum to the history of aviation. Pilots trained at College Park included Frank Lahm and Henry A. Arnold.GHTime Code(s): nc nc nc nc