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Anniversary of the First Solo Military Flight

Celebrating the 50th anniversay of the first solo flight by a military man in an Army Airplane, a commemorative ceremony was held at Fort Belvoir this morning (26 October), at which MG Gerald E. Gallowy, Post Commanding General, presented a symbolic bronze plaque to BG John H. Dudley, Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School, for inclusion in the School’s archives. US Army Engineer Engineer Officer, BG Frederic E. Humphreys, (then a second lieutenant and now deceased), made the historic flight at 8 am, 26 October 1909. Here, his widow, left, who was present at the ceremony, shows her husabnd’s original Engineer Castle, pinned on her lapel, to General Galloway, center, and General Dudley, right, who is holding the plaque.

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Image # 0925

Mrs. Humphreys shows deceased husband’s original Engineer Castle pin during 50th anniversary of military flight celebration.

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Image # 0927

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