Dr. Michael L. Grumelli examines the relationship among airmen, technology and airmindedness in early military aviation at 7:30 pm Jan. 16 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in the lecture, titled “Billy Mitchell’s Air War: Practice, Promise and Controversy in Early Military Aviation.”


Planes of these type were used in military training in 1919 following World War I. Photo LOC

The lecture is part of the museum’s Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series. The lecture pays particular attention to the formative influence of the Great War in the air on the development of Mitchell’s uniquely American air power thought in the 1920s.


Dr. Michael Grumelli

The son of a 30-year Army non-commissioned officer, Grumelli earned his Ph.D. in military history from Rutgers University in 1991 and is currently on the faculty of the Air Command and Staff College and the School of Advance Air and Space Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. A colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he has deployed in support of contingency operations as a planner from Uphold Democracy to Operation Iraqi Freedom and most recently served with Multi-National Force Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq, as the chief of campaign planning.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. Admission and parking are free. For more information or special seating arrangements, contact the museum’s Special Events Division at (937) 255-1743. Filming or videotaping the lecture is prohibited.


The B-25 “Billy Mitchell” bomber on the flight ramp in Inglewood, California in 1942. The bomber was named after the general who was an early advocate of air power in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Photo LOC

Source: The National Museum of the United States Air Force