Twining, Nathan F.

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff 1957-60, 1st from the Air Force, flew in Pacific and European theaters in WW II; 1st reported on UFOs to the Pentagon in 1947

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(1897-1982) US Air Force general, Air Force Chief of Staff 1953-57, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1957-60, 1st member of the Air Force to serve in that role. USMA 1918, transferred to the Air Service 1919. When WW II broke out in Europe he was assigned to the Army Air Staff Operations Division; in 1942 he was sent to the So. Pacific as Chief of Staff of Allied air forces in that area. In Jan. 1943, he was promoted to Major General commaning the 13th Air Force. On 1 Feb. 1943, the Navy rescued Twining and 14 others near New Hebrides Islands after they ditched their plane on the way from Guadalcanal to Espiritu Santo and spent 6 days in life rafts. That November he went to Europe to take command of the 15th Air Force succeeding Jimmy Doolittle. On Germany's surrender, Hap Arnold sent him back to the Pacific to command the B-29s of the 20th Air Force in the last push against Japan. On 20 Oct. 1945, he led 3 B-29s from Guam to Washington via India and Germany, completing the 13,167-mile trip in 59h30m. He led the Air Materiel Command and in 1947 took over the Alaskan Air Command. After 3 years he was set to retire as Lieutenant General but when Vice Chief of Staff Muir Fairchild died, he was elevated to full General as his successor. When General Hoyt Vandenberg retired in 1953, Twining was selected as Chief of Staff. During his tenure, massive retaliation based on airpower became national strategy. In 1957, President Eisenhower appointed him Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thru 1960. He was elected to the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1947, Twining, then commander of Air Materiel Command, sent a secret memo on "Flying Discs" to the Commanding General, Army Air Forces, at the Pentagon. Twining stated that "the phenomenon reported is something real and not visionary or fictitious", and the disc-like objects showed "extreme rates of climb, maneuverability (particularly in roll), and motion which must be considered evasive when sighted or contacted by friendly aircraft and radar." Unused 3 x 6 WW II patriotic envelope signed as General USAF (Ret).

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Cover






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