Who am I and why am I here ? My name is Brad Stump. My wife and I live in Garrett Indiana with our four daughters (all are Garrett High School students or graduates) I am a Purdue University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a focus on military history, especially on the WWI and WWII period I continue to be a student of military and aviation history focusing on the period from just before WWII through the current day I work for DeKalb County government and I’m currently a Garrett City Councilman I am a former member of the DeKalb County Airport Authority and the Aviation Association of Indiana My task is to act as advisor and a resource for your project. I can help you find resource materials, books and photos for your reports and model building.
A very brief history of aircraft development from 1903 to 1941
December 17 th, 1903 Kill Devil’s Hill Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Early Air Mail Preparing an overnight airmail flight, 1925 Loading airmail in Detroit, late 1930’s Airmail beacon tower and generator shed
Art Smith (Smith Field Airport) Born in Fort Wayne February 27, 1890. Spent 6 months building his first airplane then crashed on his first flight in 1910. Flight instructor in WWI. Air Mail pilot in 1920’s. Died in a crash near Montpelier OH Fen 12, 1926. Fort Wayne’s Smith Field is named for Art Smith. Northrup HS Sam’s Club
May 21, 1927 Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic ocean solo in a single engine powered high wing monoplane built in 60 days by Ryan Aeronautical Company, San Diego, California. The Spirit had no windows forward since the large fuel tanks obstructed any vision. Lucky Lindy took off and landed looking out a side window. The flight took 33 hours and 33 minutes non-stop.
Blitzkreig German tactic of making coordinated attacks by armor, infantry, artillery and aircraft
Battle of Britain German campaign to bomb England to force their surrender. British pilots and the use of radar carried the day.
Air War over Germany Allied air forces bomb German industry and transportation network. German Luftwaffe is virtually destroyed during the fighting.
Eastern Front (Germany vs. USSR) Focus on air support of the ground war however also created many German super aces with over 100 “kills” each).
Pearl Harbor - Dec 7, 1941 Japanese sneak attack on US Naval base. Attack conducted by aircraft while main Japanese fleet was over 100 miles from Hawaii. Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter
Island Hopping The Pacific is mainly a naval war to capture enemy-held islands. Distances between opposing forces mean aircraft are the primary weapons for attacking the enemy. Aircraft carriers are the Capital Ships of WWII just as Battleships were in WWI. Japanese carrier Shoho under attack and burning during Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942
Strategic Bombing and Atomic Bomb Japan devastated by strategic bombing. Atomic Bomb eventually forces Japanese surrender. Little Boy Atomic Bomb