Harry T. Graham
Collection of Margaret Perry Graham, 6-12-04
     First Lieutenant Graham quit the 22d Infantry for the air back in January, 1912, to join the air force of that day at College Park. Then, according to the custom, he spent some time at the Wright factory watching the construction of another Wright for the Army.
     Imagine today's speeds! The year before Graham quit the Infantry to streak through the sky at 40 miles an hour, Wilbur Wright was protesting the conditions of the Bennett International race to the Paris Herald and refused to enter a machine in the 1911 contest won by Weyman at 78 miles an hour.
     "Flying at the highest speed for which it is possible to design a machine is unreasonably dangerous, * * * No one dares build the fastest machines he knows how to build."
     In August of 1912 he had a share in those first air maneuvers when radio was, perhaps, used for the first time in this country in such exercises. Back at College Park he saw Lincoln Beachey put the Army's rebuilt Curtiss (Signal Coprs #2) through its paces, Beachey's "reckless flying" causing the Chief Signal Officer to issue an order prohibiting Beachey from flying any more Government machines.
     When the group moved to Augusta that winter, Graham and his associates saw the discouraging efforts of Brindley to put the Wright D through its tests. Then to Texas City for the Second Division maneuvers, the first air-ground cooperation operations and his cross-country solo flight Texas City to Houston and return.
Harry T. Graham
Collection of Margaret Perry Graham, 6-12-04
       He left the embryo air service June 30 and returned to the Infantry for a spell. Then back to flying in 1918 and on through to Dec. 15, 1929, when he retired at his own request after more than 30 years' service.
     Colonel Graham has been in Washington for some time in Operation Prostatectomy, the enemy being entirely wiped out.
from CHIRP, APRIL 1, 1950 - NUMBER 43
courtesy of Steve Remington - CollectAir

BackBackt Home