American aviation pioneer was the Army's first pilot and a founding father of airpower.
Chief of the Army Air Corps from 1931 to 1935.

February 2006

Compiled by Staff
Bibliography Branch, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

AFHRA Personal Papers.
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Foulois, Benjamin Delahauf papers.

American Aerospace Pioneers:  Benjamin Delahauf Foulois (1879-1967).
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Hill Aerospace Museum website.

Benjamin D. Foulois.
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Brief biography with black & white photo on the Air & Space Power Chronicles Home Page.

Great Warrior Leaders/Thinkers:  Foulois, Benjamin D. 1879-1967.  Maxwell AFB. AL, Air University Library, December 2000.
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Maj General Benjamin D. Foulois.  
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ASC History Office website.

Major General Benjamin D. Foulois.
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Biography on the Air Force Link website.

Major General Benjamin D. Foulois, 1879-1967, First United States Military Aviator.
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Brief biography and color photo on the First Flight Society Online website.

Photographs and Images of Benjamin D. Foulois.
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Foulois, Benjamin Delahauf.  From the Wright Brothers to the Astronauts; the Memoirs of Benjamin D. Foulois.  New York, McGraw-Hill, 1968.  306p.  
Book call no.:  92 F768f

Makers of the United States Air Force, edited by John L. Frisbee.  Washington, Office of Air Force History, 1987.  347 p.
"Benjamin D. Foulois:  In the Beginning" pp 11-41.
Book call no.:  920.073 M218

Meilinger, Phillip S.  American Airpower Biography:  A Survey of the Field.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 1995.  65 p.
See pp 8-9.
Also available online:
Book call no.:  358.400922 M513a

Shiner, John F.  Foulois and the U.S. Army Air Corps, 1931-1935.  Washington, Office of Air Force History, 1984.  346 p.
Book call no.:  358.400973 S556f

Shiner, John Frederick.  The Army Air Arm in Transition:  General Benjamin D. Foulois and the Air Corps, 1931-1967.  Thesis, Ohio State University, 1975.  2 v.
Book call no.:  358.4 S556a


Marek, Hugo E.  Benjamin Delahauf Foulois:  Great Military Thinker.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, June 1965. 118 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 35582-7 M324b


Boyne, Walter J.  FouloisAir Force Magazine 86:82-87 February 2003.
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Frisbee, John L.  In the Beginning:  Seventy Years Before Tom Wolfe Wrote His Book, Benny Foulois Proved He Had the Right Stuff.  Air Force Magazine 67:106 June 1984.
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Galvin, Regina.  Benjamin FouloisAir Force Times 63:8-9 June 2, 2003 Supplement.
Pays tribute to U.S. aviation pioneer Benjamin Foulois, who died in 1967.  Conviction in the advantages of air power; description of his character; action taken to be able to enter the Army in 1897; passion for military life.

A Century to Flight:  Military Pioneers Who Made Aviation History.  Air Force Times 63:(55p insert) June 9, 2003.

Crouch, James L.  Wings SouthAerospace Historian 19:27-31 Spring-March 1972.

Holritz, Robert T.  Air Force -- The Quest for Autonomy.  Flying Safety 53:12-17 September 1997.
Discusses the struggles of United States Air Force towards independence.  Legislation which made Air Force a separate and independent branch of armed forces.
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Meilinger, Phillip S.  U.S. Air Force Leaders:  A Biographical TourJournal of Military History 62:833-871 October 1998.
Presents biographies of military airmen who served in the United States Air Force.  Details on military officers who served in senior positions of the Air Force; in-depth look at the history of American airpower; includes information on Benjamin Foulois.
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Miller, Roger G.  "Kept Alive by the Postman":  The Wright Brothers and 1st Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois at Fort Sam Houston in 1910.  Air Power History 49:32-45 Winter 2002.
Focuses on the influence of the Wrights brothers on the interest of 1st lieutenant Benjamin D. Foulois in aviation in the U.S.  Personal information of Foulois; support of the Wrights brother on the flight experiment of Foulois; achievements of Foulois in his interest.
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Shiner, John F.  Benjamin D. Foulois:  Chief of the Air Corps, 1931-35Air Force Magazine 62:86-88 April 1979.

Skinner, Richard M.  Bennie Foulois - 1979-1967Air Force and Space Digest 50:85-87+ June 1967.
An obituary.

Warnock, A. Timothy.  From Infant Technology to Obsolescence:  The Wright Brothers' Airplane in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, 1905-1915.  Air Power History 49:46-57 Winter 2002.
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