ORIGINAL AND VERY RARE WW1 US NAVAL AVIATION - AFRICAN AMERICAN AVIATOR IN FRANCE 1917. NAVAL AVIATION AFRICAN AMERICAN AVIATOR IN FRANCE 1917. NAVY AVIATORS STAND IN FRONT OF A (FRENCH) BLÉRIOT 2 SEAT MONO PLANE WITH ITS FRENCH HANGAR TO THE SIDE JUST BEFORE A TRAINING FLIGHT IN FRANCE. THE AVIATOR STANDS WITH A PILOT, BOTH WITH FRENCH AVIATION HELMETS IN HAND. THIS MAY BE THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN NAVAL AVIATOR IN FRANCE DURING WW1.
INTERESTING NOTE: FOURTH MAN IN FROM THE RIGHT MAY BE THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT. CHARLES HAZELTINE HAMMANN IS FOR REFERENCE ONLY AND IS NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS LISTING. Navy aviators claimed the distinction of being the first American combatants to land in France, when members of the First Aeronautic Detachment went ashore on. Of the many elements of the United States armed forces sent overseas immediately after the declaration of war, one of the first to get there was a detachment from Naval Aviation.
This token aeronautical force, sent in response to a request from the French government to bolster morale, was made up of men only partially trained at Naval Air Station Pensacola (Florida). Once their training was completed at French stations under French instructors, these men would make up the first cadres for United States air stations yet to be located and built. SHARP FOCUS WITH VERY GOOD CONTRAST. 2 11/16" x 4 7/16". This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW I (1914-18)\Original Period Items\United States\Photographs".The seller is "topcat2001565758590" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.