A Moment In Air Force History

***image1***Which Congressional Act authorized the training of black pilots?

A. The Air Corps Act of 1926
B. The National Defense Act of 1940
C. The Selective Service Act of 1940
D. The National Security Act of 1947

Answer: B. On April 3, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Security Act of 1940. In addition to authorizing the training of black pilots, it provided the Army Air Corps with more than 48,000 personnel, a budget of $300 million and 6,000 airplanes.

Did you know?
The Air Corps Act redesignated the Army Air Service as the Army Air Corps on July 2, 1926. On Sept. 16, 1940, Congress passed the Selective Service Act, which not only instituted a peacetime draft, but also required all arms and services to enlist black men. President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act in July, 1947, which created a Department of the Air Force equal to the departments of the Army and Navy.

(Courtesy of the 435th Air Base Wing and 86th Airlift Wing History offices)