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U.S. Air Services

U.S. Air Services (ISSN 1041-0473) was a monthly American aeronautics magazine published from 1919 through 1956.[1] It was published in Washington, D.C. by the Army and Navy Air Service Association and its 1942 successor, the Air Service Publishing Company. [1]

The longtime editor was Earl N. Findlay. Indeed, the magazine only outlived him by six months after he died in mid-1956. Despite its military-sounding title (which only added the final "s" in January 1924), the monthly's pages covered both civil and military aviation issues. Length of individual issues varied widely--from as few as about 25 (in the mid-1950s) to (in 1929) twice that. [1] U.S. Air Services was published between February 1919 and December 1956 (volume 41).[1] Content often included reprinted speeches or summaries of important reports, plus some original material, including short news stories and reviews of recent books. Full-page photos of newsworthy people and aircraft appeared regularly. The first several pages of each issue carried Findlay's informed editorials ranging over all aspects of (chiefly American) aviation. The magazine's motto was "Devoted to the development of aeronautics - civil and military - in the United States, birthplace of the flying machine, and throughout the world." Many advertisers purchased pages in the same place in each issue for years (Glenn L. Martin Co., for example, purchased the inside front cover). The first color advertisements began to appear around 1940.

U.S. Air Services was a popular magazine among serious aviation aficionados, and copies were found in the Wright family library.[2] Findlay's magazine was a staunch backer of Orville Wright's claim to have flown the first heavier-than-air craft (in December 1903) at a time when the Smithsonian Institution was still backing the earlier though forlorn flight efforts of Samuel Langley, its former Secretary.


  1. ^ a b c d Hayles, John (5 May 2007). "Aircraft Magazines Guide". Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  2. ^ Ivonette Wright Miller. "MS-216, Ivonette Wright Miller Papers" (PDF). Dayton, Ohio: Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, Wright State University: 41. Retrieved 19 December 2011.