B.D. Foulois, Ca. 1928 (Source: Aircraft Yearbook)
Benjamin Foulois (pronounced "Foo-loy") has a good Web presence, with about 31,000 Google hits at the time of page upload. This
is a fine link
Two excellent images are available on this site at the Klein Archive. Because he is so well-documented on the Web and elsewhere, I will not include a lot of redundant detail on this page.
A summary of his Army life was published in Popular Aviation, May, 1934, at the link (PDF 2Mb).
At right, a photograph from the Aircraft Yearbook, 1928, page 126. A book by Shiner about his management of the Air Corps, 1931-1935, is at the link. The book is a free download from the Web.
As a Major General, Foulois, an original Early Bird, landed twice at the Davis-Monthan
Airfield. His first landing was as a passenger on Saturday, October 27, 1928. He landed with his pilot, T.T. Hunter, at 5:10PM.
Based at Washington, DC Bolling Field, they were westbound from El Paso, TX to San Diego, CA in the Curtiss O-1 Falcon they identified as 27-267. As a VIP, Assistant Chief of the Air Corp at the time, this cross-country flight was documented in the Air Corps Newsletter of November 24, 1928 as exhibited below.
Air Corps Newsletter, November 24, 1928 (Source: Web)
Foulois Resignation, Popular Aviation, November, 1935 (Source: PA)
Foulois' second landing was on August 5, 1932 at 12:30PM. He was solo in the Douglas O-38-B, 31-433. Based at Washington, DC Bolling Field, he was eastbound from San Diego, CA Rockwell Field to an unidentified destination. I have no further information on this flight.
An unusual occurrence for this Web site is to find a photograph with two or more Register entities in it. The one below has three. Generals Foulois, James Fechet and Conger Pratt are (L-R) below.
Left to Right Generals Foulois, Fechet & Conger (Source: Web)
Foulois retired under duress regarding alleged misappropriation of contracts and funds and other charges. He left the Army December 31, 1935, after 36 years of service.
Foulois was born December 9, 1879, and after a full life in the Army and afterwards, passed away on April 25, 1967 due to complications from a stroke.
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