Royal Flying Corps in Texas 100 years ago!
Hard to imagine it's been 100 years... In 1917 as a result of a reciprocal agreement between the US, Canada, and Britain, three airfields were built in Fort Worth, Texas. They were the first British military forces in America since the War of 1812. Over 200 planes were involves, mainly Canadian built Jennies. All told over 1500 pilots graduated. Flight ops began October, 1917 and the fields were turned over to the US in April of 1918.
May 29th, on Memorial Day, a remembrance service will be held at the RFC CEMETERY, an official British commonwealth war grave, within Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas. We will remember the whiskey drinking Brits, Canucks, and American Viounteers at 10:15 AM on that day. We have Canadian LT. GEN. St-Amand deputy NORAD commander coming in as well as Brigadier Gen. David Kettle who is the Secretary General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for Canada. I am working on a Stearman fly over and an F-16 flyover, I have a great pipe band coming in. I hope some local readers will join us. I keep thinking about an electric RC model fly by but I don't think I want to try flying in a cemetery in front of several hundred people!