Quesada, Elwood R. "Pete"

Pioneer aviator, WW II Army Air Corps general, provided close air support at Normandy landings and breakout, 1st FAA Administrator, Washington Senators owner 1961-63

Price: $50.00

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(1904-1993) Pioneer aviator, US Air Force officer. Enlisted in the Army Air Corps Sept. 1924, commissioned reserve officer 1925. He was part of a team with Ira Eaker and Carl Spaatz that developed and demonstrated air-to-air refueling in 1929 on the “Question Mark”, setting a 150-hour endurance record; all were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for that mission. Promoted to Brigadier General 1942, Major General 1944 (9th Air Force), Lieut. General 1947 (Tactical Air Command). While a junior officer he was interested in the concept of close air support of ground forces, thoroughly developed by the 9th Air Force while its commander in North Africa and Europe, supporting Bradley at Normandy landings and Hodges' 1st Army in the Normandy breakout. Innovations attributed to him included adapting microwave early warning radar for real-time direction of fighter bombers already in flight, as well as placing pilots on the front lines as forward air controllers inside tanks equipped with VHF aircraft radios. Besides reducing friendly fire incidents, such tactics allowed ground troops to use close air support with greater precision and speed, allowing for air cover to take the place of artillery in a rapid armored advance. These tactics enormously expanded the contributions of tactical air power to the Allied defeat of Germany. In 1947, he was appointed 1st commander of the Tactical Air Command (TAC) in the new independent US Air Force. However, TAC was ignored while funding and promotions largely went to the Strategic Air Command. In Dec. 1948, Air Force Chief of Staff Hoyt Vandenberg stripped TAC of its planes and pilots and reduced its status to that of a planning headquarters under the new Continental Air Command; Quesada requested early retirement at age 47 in 1951. Lockheed Aircraft executive 1953-55, President Eisenhower's Special Advisor for Aviation 1957, 1st Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 1959-61. Quesada became owner of the expansion Washington Senators in 1961, selling his stake in the team in 1963. ISP, 10 x 8 b&w FAA portrait seated at office desk, FAA stamp on verso, signed & inscribed with sentiment partly on dark suit

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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