|Birth: ||May 14, 1874|
|Death: ||May 1, 1941|
Father: Thaddeus Sanford Kirtland
1836 – 1906
Mother: Ann Virginia "Jennie" Carter
1845 – 1905
Spouse: Helen K. Parker
FAMOUS EARLY AVIATOR
Roy Carrington Kirtland joined the Army in 1898 and was commissioned on August 1, 1901 as a second lieutenant in the infantry. In 1911 he was transferred to the United States Army Air Service and placed in command of the U.S. Aviation School at College Park, Maryland. There he and served in a number of capacities with the Signal Corps
Kirtland then commanded the First Aero Squadron in 1913 until his return to the infantry division in 1915. He rejoined Signal Corps in 1915 and was in charge of the motor pool. He commanded the Third Regiment in 1917. While overseas, he served as the Inspector for aviation in England and air service rest camps.
Post war, Kirtland became a flight instructor, commanded aviation supply depots and graduated from the United States Army War College. During the 1920s he served with the General Staff until his appointment in 1930 as commandant of the Langley Station and as acting commandant of the Air Corps Tactical School. He retired in 1938 with 40 years service. Recalled from retirement in 1941 at the age of 65, he was the oldest military pilot in the Air Corps.
He died of a heart attack in Moffett Field, California, on May 2, 1941. Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was named for him.
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
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Roy Carrington Kirtland (14 May 1874 - 2 May 1941) was a United States Army soldier, officer and aviator best known as the namesake of Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was among the first American military aviators and recommended He...(Read more)|
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Kirtland Air Force Base was named for Colonel Roy C. Kirtland (1874–1941) in February 1942. Colonel Kirtland learned to fly in 1911 in one of the first Wright airplanes at Dayton, Ohio. During World War I he organized and commanded a regiment of mechanics...(Read more)|
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