Photo from NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
A Few Pioneers
You will find several mentions of McIlvaine
and several other pioneer fliers
on this American Aces of WWII website.
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The Early Years
While you are there, I heartily recommend that you browse the whole site.
By March of 1914 the U.S. Navy had established a flying school at Pensacola, Florida. Among the commissioned officers taking the
course that year were the above (left to right); Lieutenant V. D. Herbster, Lieutenant W. M. McIlvain,
Lieutenant P. N. L. Bellinger, Lieutenant R. C. Saufley,
Lieutenant J. H. Towers, Lieutenant Commander H. C. Mustin,
Lieutenant (Army) B. L. Smith, Ensign de Chevalier, and
Ensign M. L. Stolz.
from The Early Birds
by Arch Whitehouse
From The Early Birds of Aviation
Roster of Members
January 1, 1993
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