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With its newly appropriated funds, the Signal Corps immediately ordered five airplanes: three Wrights (one manufactured by W. Starling Burgess under the Wright patents), and two built by the Curtiss Company. 5~Until they arrived, Robert F. 60Since the Wright Company made changes in the control mechanism of the B, one of its pilots, Phillip 0. Parmelee, accompanied the new plane to Texas in order to instruct Benjamin Foulois in its use. Much-used, battered No. 1 went on “tactical reserve status,” as Foulois called it,6’from which it was retired eventually to the Smithsonian Institution.

Landing, made with a dead motor, could be the most difficult task to accomplish. The pilot brought the airplane down at the proper angle, cutting the motor and cruising along the bumpy ground on the skids that served as landing gear. 3~Even more than their technical knowledge, born of construction and repair of the airplane, and their greater amount of flying time, the Wrights passed on an awareness of the “feel” of flying, an instinct for gauging the wind, and a sense of balance and glide crucial in flying the early airplanes that were so susceptible to motor or equipment failure.

O0 Although the Army did not give up flying, it disbanded the small Provisional Aero Company, and shipped all men and equipment to College Park, Maryland. 41 TWO The Signal Corps Aviation School ‘I.. fairly good alighting grounds always beneath” -Anthony Jannus. “Collcgc Park Flying Grounds”’ T h e first appropriation for aviation not only brought orders for new airplanes, it also permitted the Signal Corps to train more officers to fly. That meant, in turn, that the Chief Signal Officer could now make plans for a permanent training station.

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