West Virginia Flying Corps
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dukemartin
N 40° 14.051 W 080° 39.151
17T E 529559 N 4453807
West Virginia's first military air field.
Waymark Code: WM14JGT
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 07/16/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member razalas
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West Virginia Flying Corps

On land near here was state's first military airfield, home to the West Virginia Flying Corps. Founded in April 1917 by Louis Bennett Jr. and backed by state and private funds, the corps was modeled after the French Lafayette Escadrille with the goal of becoming a unit in the US Army. Rejecte3d by the army, the corps disbanded and Bennett joined the RAF, dying in France in 1918.
Marker Number: None seen on sign

Marker Title: West Virginia Flying Corps

Marker Location: West of Rt 2

County or Independent City: Wheeling, WV

Web Site: [Web Link]

Marker Program Sponsor: West Virginia Archives & History, 2020

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