Charles deForest Chandler

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Captain Charles Chandler with prototype Lewis Gun and Lt. Roy Carrington Kirtland in a Wright Model B Flyer after the first successful firing of a machine-gun from an aeroplane in June 1912.

Colonel Charles deForest Chandler (December 24, 1878 – May 18, 1939) was an American military aviator, and the first head of the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps that later became the United States Air Force.[1]


He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1878. He died on May 18, 1939.[2]


  1. ^ "Charles deForest Chandler". Early Aviators. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Charles deForest Chandler". Arlington Cemetery. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 

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