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The United States and the Great War, 1914-18: A 100th Anniversary Retrospective

Presented by Dr. Stanley Carpenter of the U.S. Naval War College, this is a four-part series.

Part 111 – “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines,”American Aviation and The Great War in the Air 

This presentation addresses the war in the air on the Western Front. The topics include the founding of a nascent U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC), the Lafayette Escadrille of American aviator volunteers in the French service, USAAC Squadrons in operation, and Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and the 94th Aero Squadron.

Dr. Stanley Carpenter teaches courses in Air and Land Warfare, Military History, American Revolution, and European History. He is a professor of Strategy and Policy, Strategy and Policy Division Head, College of Distance Education, and Command Historian at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He also directs the Naval War College’s Homeland Security and Homeland Defense elective program. Dr. Carpenter served as a U.S. Naval officer from 1979-2009, retiring with the rank of Captain. He has taught at an array of colleges and universities, including Salve Regina, Hawaii Pacific University, and Norwich University, and is also a published author whose works include a study of military leadership in the British Civil Wars and action-adventure historical novels centered on a Royal Navy intelligence officer.


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September 16
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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