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Carl A. Spaatz and the air struggle in europe
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Spaatz, who had started the 1920s as one of the Air Service’s pursuit (fighter) experts, ended the 1920s and spent most of the 1930s as a bombardment commander, first as Commanding Officer (CO), 7th Bombardment Group, from May 1929 to October 1931; then as CO, 1st Bomb Wing, 25 The Question Mark Flight, January 1929. Scenes from the aerial experiment. Clockwisefrom above: The interior of the Question Mark reveals the positions of an auxiliary gas tank on the floor, refueling apparatus on the roof, and berths.
This benefit loomed even larger when Congress passed the Pay Classification Act of 1922, compressing the differences between pay for rank and emphasizing longevity of service. Under the new act Spaatz’s base pay, for a major with less than 23 years’ service, was $2,400 per annum. Throughout the period between the two world wars, Spaatz probably earned more per year than any other nongeneral officer in the Army. The family apparently lived comfortably with little left over from day-to-day expenses.
In December of that year, he received a letter of commendation for his achievements in the Transcontinental Reliability Endurance Flight. Spaatz won elapsed time west to east, finished third west to east all types, and won second place west to east DH-4 ~ l a s s . ~Colonel 7 (ex-Brig. 5~ Before World War I, Congress had authorized the Aviation Section of the Army Signal Corps to award Junior Military Aviator and Military Aviator ratings for piloting skill; the ratings carried temporary increases in rank and pay.
Carl A. Spaatz and the air war in Europe (General histories) by Richard G Davis