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Army Air Corps, discussing the Question Murk’s flight with its crew. Leji to right: 1st Lt. Elwood R. Quesada, Capt. Ira C. Eaker, Fechet, Maj. Carl A. Spaatz, and Sgt. Roy G . Hooe. its aegis all the tactical units based in the United States. It formed thee combat wings, one at its headquarters at Langley Field and the other two at Barksdale Field in Louisiana and March Field in California. This measure at least brought much of the Air Corps’ combat strength into a single cohesive command structure.

83 The school had little influence on him and he apparently learned almost nothing of value there. Organization and Doctrine of the Prewar Air Corps Upon leaving Leavenworth in July 1936, Spaatz became Executive Officer, 2d Wing, of the recently created General Headquarters (GHQ) Air Force, Langley Field in Virginia. The three wings of GHQ Air Force were far larger than the units that had previously held that designation in the Air Corps. As a consequence, in going from a wing commander at March Field in 1933 to the new post in one of the three major combat units in the service, Spaatz assumed a position entirely in keeping with his seniority.

SPAATZ AND THE AIRWARIN EUROPE from November 1931 to June 1933; and finally as Executive Officer of the 2d Wing, GHQ Air Force, from July 1936 to January 1939. This change in the technical focus of Spaatz’s career reflected the changes in aircraft and philosophy that influenced the Air Corps in the 1930s. Between 1930 and 1932, two fast, all-metal, monoplane twin-engine bombers entered the Air Corps inventory, the Boeing B-9 and the Martin B-10. The B-10, with a speed of 207 mph and a ceiling of 21,000 feet, outclassed any other bomber then in use in the world and most of the fighters as well.

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