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Albert Francis Hegenberger

  • Went to McCook Field, Ohio in 1919 where he developed and tested flight instruments and taught the first course in navigation.
  • Received the Mackay Trophy in 1927 for his Lester Maitland “Bird of Paradise” flight from San Francisco, California to Hawaii.
  • Made the first complete solo blind flight from take-off to landing for which he received the Collier Trophy.
  • Created the first fully automatic flight system.
  • Led the 2nd Bomber Command, 21st Bomb Wing during World War II.
  • Was Chief of Staff of the 2nd and 14th Air Forces and commanded the 10th Air Force.
  • Helped develop an atomic explosion detection system in 1948.

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