Mortimer Delano

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Mortimer Delano
Mortimer Delano (c 1914).jpg
Allegiance  United States
Years of service Colonel
Commands held Aero-Military War College of America, First Aviation Corps, Aero Military Service Federation of America.

Colonel Mortimer L. Delano was head of the Aero-Military War College of America and the First Aviation Corps and The Aero Military Service Federation of America. Around 1914 he was issuing pilots licenses and selling pilots uniforms and selling military titles.[1][2]


  • Aero-Military War College of America [1]
  • First Aviation Corps or First Provisional Aviation Corps [1][2]
  • The Aero Military Service Federation of America [1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Mortimer Delano's Scheme". Aerial age. 1914. Retrieved 2011-04-18. We have received numerous complaints about "Chief of Staff," Mortimer Delano, who has gained much notoriety in the past two years by his lavish distribution of military titles and commissions, which he awards by authority of a self-invented, non-existing "Aero-Military War College of America," and who has evolved a new scheme to create titles, commissions, gaudy uniforms and "ornaments." (We quote "ornaments" from a circular letter from a Broadway uniform maker, who advises that it has been appointed "official makers of the uniforms and uniform equipments for the officers and members of the First Aviation Corps" by "Colonel Delano, chairman of the Uniform Committee," and will sell "commissioned officers uniforms," including "ornaments" for $27.75; and "Privates and Non-Commissioned Officers' Uniforms"; also "including ornaments" for $23.40.) The new scheme is called "The Aero Military Service Federation of America," and the titles of the officers are truly flashy and gaudy enough to make a blind man blink. They are "president-general; deputy-president-general, secretary-general, deputysecretary-general, treasurer-general, deputy-treasurergeneral." 
  2. ^ a b Herbert Alan Johnson (2001). Wingless eagle: U.S. Army aviation through World War I. UNC Press Books. ISBN 0-8078-2627-8. First Provisional Aviation Corps, headed by Mortimer Delano. This group was something of a mail-order aviation organization and Aerial Age Weekly felt bound to alert its readers what appeared to be a flim-flam operation. Such skepticism was justified. ...