The Division of Military Aeronautics
was the name of the Army's aviation organization for a four-day period during World War I
. It was created by a reorganization by the War Department
of the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps
on April 24, 1918, still as part of the Signal Corps
. It was removed from the Aviation Section by executive order
on May 20, 1918, and existed as the sole Army aviation agency until a War Department general order issued May 24, 1918, established it and the Bureau of Aircraft Production
, created by the same reorganization on April 24, as coordinate components of the "Air Service". As such, it is recognized by the United States Air Force
as the third of its progenitors.
As a subordinate component of the Air Service, the DMA continued until March 19, 1919, when the Board of Aircraft Production was consolidated with it into the Air Service.
Lineage of the United States Air Force
- Aeronautical Division, Signal Corps August 1, 1907–July 18, 1914
- Aviation Section, Signal Corps July 18, 1914–May 20, 1918
- Division of Military Aeronautics May 20, 1918–May 24, 1918
- Air Service, United States Army May 24, 1918–July 2, 1926
- United States Army Air Corps July 2, 1926–June 20, 1941
- United States Army Air Forces June 20, 1941–September 18, 1947
- United States Air Force September 18, 1947–present
History of the DMA
The failure of the Aircraft Production Board (after October 1, 1917, the Aircraft Board
) and the Aviation......