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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1961. Department of History.


Copyright 1961, the author. Used by permission.


This thesis attempts to show why and how America, where aviation was born, fell to fourteenth in the amount of money expended for aerial science ten years later and approach the greatest war the world had yet known with almost no air force.When money is not appropriated, congress is the ready culprit.The attempt to trace the struggle for acceptance of aviation by the legislative body and general public is an interesting one.Our feeble and stumbling aerial efforts with the Punitive Expedition in Mexico are a part of the growing period and contributed immeasurably to the awakening of the American people to the shortcomings of their Air Service.

Advisor: James C. Olson