Citizen Airmen - A Hist. of the Air Force Reserve 1946-94 by G. Cantwell

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First, after 1928, he was forced by classification to fly tactical airplanes. Second, the Air Corps could not accommodate on active duty all flyers graduating from the Advanced Flying School. Accepting commissions in the Air Corps Reserve, these men entered into the competition for airframes and flying. Despite the periodic shortages of airplanes or flying hours, or both, the Air Corps Reserve program progressed in patches around the country. Early in 1932, Capt. Joseph A. Wilson, the commanding officer of the Boston Airport detachment, arranged a schedule of night flying.

Maxwell, 1st Lt. Robert E. Selff was in charge of instruction of the reserve squadrons in the triangle formed by Crissy, San Jose, and Mather Field, near Sacramento, California. On February 4 and 5 , the squadron mustered for its formal sign-up session, and the Air Service officers accepted twenty-three reserve officers into the squadron as members of the Air Service Reserve Officers With the assignment of Capt. Armin F. Herold to the 91st Division as Air Officer and the acquisition of two Wright-Hispano-powered aircraft, the actual business of flying training began.

Mason Patrick (1921-1927) sought to utilize the reservists to solve contemporary force oblems. One of the Air Service’s major problems was that of maintaining a roper balance of commissione grades. The Air Service’s active flying mission required that fully 75 perce t of its officers be young men, twenty-one to thirty-five years of age, normally lieutenants and captains. Thus, in any comparison with the Army as a whole, the Air Service’s conspicuous feature was a preponderance of commissioned officers in the lower grades.

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