Charles DeForest Chandler

  • Birth 24 Dec 1878 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 17 May 1939 District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Sec: SOUTH, Site: 8933 SH
  • Memorial ID 49165740

CHANDLER, Charles de Forest USA #- 8 (1878-1939) (GB/KB)
See APPENDIX-AF/AH/AI/AM/AR. Aeronaut extraordinaire.
b: 24 Dec. 1878, Cleveland, OH;
d: 18 May 1939, Washington, DC. e: Grad. Case School of Applied Science, EE-1901.
s: Officer in U.S. Army; Enlisted 1896; Ret. Colonel; Served in Cuba 1898-99; Philippines 1902-04; Mexico 1915-16; Alaska 1904; France 1917-18; First Commander of Army Aviation School College Pk., MD) 1911; Chief of Aeronautical Div., US Signal Corps, 1 Aug. 1907; First Commandant of Ft. Omaha B-School (to 24 May) 1917; Relieved of command after horse broke his leg 8 Jun.1917; Director of Military Aeronautics 1919.
p: Aeronautical Editor for Ronald Press Co. 1925-39.
f: First B-Flight 22 Oct 1906 (W/L.STEVENS) from Pittsfield, MA; Said he received his B-License #8 in the Spring of 1907 (First /original FAI-ACA B-Licenses issued Aug.1908); First airplane ride 1909 (W/W.WRIGHT); Flew first Army airplane. a Wright-Flyer, 7 June 1912.
l: FIRST man to fire a machine-gun in flight (from Wright-Flyer); Aide to winner (J.McCOY) in 1907 US-National B-Race; Co-Author (W/UPSON) of "Free & Captive Balloons."
m: Aero Club of America, 1908; NAAOBCV.
h: Commander, French Legion of Honor; Distinguished Service Medal. ***Epic flight 10 May 1909 (W/J.Ware) from Omaha, NB. After a successful 7-hour flight, the balloon exploded on landing in Iowa. The Aeronauts survived with minor injuries. NOTE: This was the first recorded balloon flight from Ft.Omaha.
r: NT-19 May 1939/21/3; The Balloon Section.

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  • Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 5 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49165740
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles DeForest Chandler (24 Dec 1878–17 May 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49165740, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .