THE SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL QUARTERLY
VOL. LIV OCTOBER, 1950 No. 2
Sarl ,Atlitary Acviatiao ACtiities
BARNEY M. GILES
MR. PRESIDENT, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
When Mr. Carroll invited me here tonight and asked that the
talk be made on "Early Military Aviation Activities in Texas,"
I accepted with alacrity, for aviation has been very dear to my
heart for a great number of years. He also asked me not to give
you a great number of statistics and data which are already a
matter of record but to talk more on the human side, giving
you some of my own personal experiences and those of my
Not being one of the first aviators in the early days of flying
in Texas, I wrote to a former Chief of the Air Corps, Major
General B. D. Foulois, now living in New Jersey, and asked him
to give me some of his personal experiences during those early
days. I received a most interesting letter from him which I would
like to quote almost in its entirety:
"Before launching on my initial 'soaring' flights in Texas in
the Army's old-No.1 military airplane, a brief description of the
old plane might be of interest.
"No. 1 weighed approximately 1,ooo pounds-loaded. It was
equipped with two large elevating surfaces in front and no sta-
bilizer surface in the rear. The lack of a rear stabilizer, as I soon
learned in the gusty winds of Texas, caused the old plane to buck
like a Texas cow pony. As originally flown during my first four
months in Texas, No. 1 was equipped with 'landing skids' instead
*The following address was presented at a dinner session on April 28, 195o,
during the Association's annual meeting.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101133/. Accessed March 11, 2014.