Heritage - ed hamill recruits for the military

Ed Hamill and his Air Force Reserve Biplane Show have a heritage in that our mission is the same as the very first military demonstrations teams - to recruit aerobatic wannabes to join the military and become soldiers serving their country. Ed flies a biplane, composed of fabric covered wings and body, fly wires and the very basic of instruments, very similar to the early Curtiss Hawk biplanes used by one of the very first barnstormers.

As Ed Hamill and his Dream Machine perform as the Air Force Reserve Biplane Show, he continues a biplane heritage that goes back to the very first military demonstration teams. In the roaring twenties, airshow organizers requested that the military provide airshow demonstrations and the military answered that call.

One of the first teams, "Men on the Flying Trapeze," was organized in 1932 at the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Alabama, flew Curtiss Hawk P-12 pursuit biplanes until the team disbanded in 1936.

Team members included Lt. W.C. McDonald, Jr., Capt. Claire L. Chennault, and Lt. John H. Williamson, each of whom went to China early in WWII and served with the Flying Tigers. Team member Lt. Haywood S. Hansell, Jr., who in 1944 and early 1945 commanded the 21st Bomber Command during the B-29 bombing campaign against Japan. The trophy was one presented to the team during the All-American Air Races at Miami, Florida in 1935.

Another military demonstration team flying biplanes were the "Skylarks" demonstration team from Maxwell Field, Alabama. Team members included Lt. Carl D. Storrie, Lt. Clayton E. Hughes, Lt. Wilbur W. Airing, and Capt. Charles D. McAllister, leader. Such Army Air Corps teams carefully avoided any reference to their maneuvers as "stunt flying," strictly forbidden by Air Corps regulations.