Almost 99 Years Ago

Commissioned Officers of the Aviation Corps, at the Naval Aeronautic Station, Pensacola, Florida, March 1914. Present are (left to right): Lieutenant V. D. Herbster, Lieutenant W.M. McIlvain, USMC; Lieutenant Junior Grade P.N.L. Bellinger, Lieutenant Junior Grade R. C. Saufley, Lieutenant J.H. Towers, Lieutenant Commander H. C. Mustin, Lieutenant B.L. Smith, USMC, Ensign G. DeC. Chavlier, and Ensign M.L. Stolz. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation,
Commissioned Officers of the Aviation Corps, at the Naval Aeronautic Station, Pensacola, Florida, March 1914. Present are (left to right): Lieutenant V. D. Herbster, Lieutenant W.M. McIlvain, USMC; Lieutenant Junior Grade P.N.L. Bellinger, Lieutenant Junior Grade R. C. Saufley, Lieutenant J.H. Towers, Lieutenant Commander H. C. Mustin, Lieutenant B.L. Smith, USMC, Ensign G. DeC. Chavlier, and Ensign M.L. Stolz. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.

5 thoughts on “Almost 99 Years Ago”

  1. Those magnificent men in their flying machines…

    When they laid down the foundations of aviation, little did they know how strong they would have to be, or how long they would last, (or how far it would develop; flightless aircraft, is it the future we have been led to believe)?

    Yours Aye.

    1. Veyr true. I see a good three or four names of folks with bases or streets or ships named after them. We rest upon their shoulders.

  2. Spent six months coop cleaning (CPO barracks) at Saufley Field waiting for A&P school. Great base. The club had the coldest drafts (iced mugs) in the Navy.
    HS. LTJG Richard Caswell Saufley Naval Aviator No. 14.

      1. I think VT-1 and VT-2 were there T-28s and T-34s. I was fresh out of boot camp on the start of my adventure.

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