August 11, 2017
Free Tickets Required
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly , VA 20151
Hollywood Goes to War: WWI on the Big Screen: "The Millionaires' Unit: U.S. Naval Aviators in the First World War"
The only documentary in the film series, The Millionaires’ Unit, tells the little known but inspiring story of a small group of volunteers who created America’s first naval aviation reserve unit. Also known as the First Yale Unit, the group was formed before the United States entered the war by a dozen Yale University students, many from wealthy families, hence the name Millionaires’ Unit. Fascinated with the possibilities of aviation, and naval aviation in particular, they learned to fly and ultimately persuaded Congress to establish the Naval Reserve Flying Corps in 1916. They were used as America’s first aerial coastal patrol unit. One of the unit’s members, Lt. David Ingalls, was the first U.S. naval aviator to become an ace, flying Sopwith Camels with the RAF.
Reserve free tickets for the Millionaires' Unit screening at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.