Mitchell Demonstrates Air Power

Mitchell Demonstrates Air Power (HMDEM)

Location: Buxton, NC 27920 Dare County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 13.917', W 75° 37.348'

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In September 1923, Brigadier General Mitchell provided a chilling view of the effectiveness of aerial bombardment on surface vessels to skeptical government and military observers. Taking off from his temporary Hatteras Village airfield, Mitchell rendezvoused with Martin Bombers from Langley Field, Virginia. Equipped with newly developed bombsights and supercharged engines, the bombers quickly sank the obsolete battleships "Virginia" and "New Jersey" anchored just 20 miles off the Hatteras Island coast.

Responding to General Mitchell's urgent call for construction of a temporary airfield, local Hatterasmen used shovels, hoes, and horsedrawn carts alongside a tractor pulling a weighted pallet, to fill holes, tidal pools, and marshy areas and pack level a landing strip. Their quick work helped to ensure the success of Mitchell's demonstration.

Despite the effectiveness of this, and other demonstrations, it would be many years before Mitchell's far-reaching ideas on air power were adopted. Mitchell was posthumously honored in 1946 when he was awarded a special medal of honor "in recognition of his outstanding pioneer service and foresight in the field of America's military aviation."

"My children in their lifetime will see aeronautics become the greatest and principal means of national defense and rapid transportation all over the world and possibly beyond our world into interstellar space."
Brigadier General "Billy" Mitchell, 1933
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Placed ByFrisco Civic League. Northeastern Historic Places Office, NC Dept of Cultural Resources. US Dept of Interior, National Park Service, Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 8:13pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 443359 N 3898943
Decimal Degrees35.23195000, -75.62246667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 13.917', W 75° 37.348'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 13' 55.02" N, 75° 37' 20.88" W
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Area Code(s)252
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 422 Park Rd, Buxton NC 27920, US
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