About the Author
Military aviation is an integral part of family history: my grandfather was a balloonist before he went into the Army. He was in Pershing’s expedition into Mexico with Benjamin Foulois, and worked with Ralph Upson's Goodyear balloon at the border. During WWI he was assigned to several balloon schools and served in France with the 12th Balloon Company. My father was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, as the rear gunner of a Douglas A-20 bomber. I served in the Air Force during the Viet Nam era, and have always had an interest in early aviation history, through the Space Shuttle and space exploration. My current work about the WWI Balloon Corps is driven by my grandfather’s early involvement with balloons, and the people he knew during the early part of the 20th Century. My collection of U.S. Army Balloon Corps photographs, rosters, and unit histories is the most comprehensive one in the country, and I provide data to individuals seeking information on family members who were in the WWI U.S. Army Balloon Corps, and to other researchers needing comprehensive information. Past Member of the Vintage Aircraft Historical Foundation, Kingsbury, Texas Lecturer on WWI ballooning and early aviation to various military organizations, aircraft enthusiasts, and historical societies across the country 2008: “The Insignia, Uniforms & Equipment of the U. S. Army Balloon Corps: 1917-1922” 2011: "Over the Front" aviation journal article "A U.S. Army Observation Balloon Primer. Authored articles on the history of ballooning for numerous WWI history web pages .