OK, so you want to know what else we do besides put out a great magazine? Well...
We're counting on a long and prosperous future and we're investing our resources to make it happen! The League of World War One Aviation Historians sponsors two regular honors. The Mike Carr Award, named for the League benefactor whose generosity made it possible is an annual award open to undergraduate and graduate students in colleges and universities. Qualifying is simple. All you have to do is submit a research paper on a WWI aviation topic. If our panel of judges considers it among the year's best, you'll receive a cash award and possibly have your paper published in Over the Front. Click here for more details and mention the program to your history professor.
The Thornton D. Hooper Award for Excellence in Aviation Historyis our version of the Oscar. Named for pioneer military aviator and squadron commander, Thornton D. Hooper, it's a handsome pewter trophy given for work that appears in Over the Front. The award is made annually in several categories: 'Best Aircraft Article,' 'Best Biography or Personal Reminisence,' 'Best Original Research,' 'Best Overall Account,' 'Best Squadron History,' Best Artwork,' 'and Best Issue'.
We've also published a full-length book, The First Team: Thornton D. Hooper and America's First Bombers, which provided one of the only chronicles devoted to WWI aerial bombing. Other publishing projects are also in the works. In the future these expanded efforts are likely to be done on computer diskette or perhaps even right here on this site, so make www.overthefront.com one of your regular hits on the 'net and you'll be sure to see more.
And, of course, there's The Seminar...
- 1988 League members from all over the world got together for a two-day conference featuring top-quality presentations by the leading professional and amateur historians in the field. Not only that, but each of our seminars has been held at or near one of the world's great aviation museums. Our first gathering was held at the History of Aviation Collection at the University of Texas at Dallas. This first meeting provided a great opportunity for new friendships and contacts to be formed (members and speakers have regularly travelled from Europe and other places outside the U.S. to attend league seminars; one member from New Zealand has been present at every seminar to date), Our weekend in Dallas also featured the last known get together of WWI flying aces, as the final three surviving American fighter aces from the war, George Vaughn, Douglas Campbell, and Arthur Raymond Brooks were the League's very special guests.
- 1990 - The League met at the United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, in Ohio.
- 1992 - The League's third seminar held at the San Diego Aerospace Museum.
- 1994 - A first for the League, it left the U.S. for a joint meeting with the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, at Ottawa, where we visited the Canadian National Aviation Museum.
- 1996 - our seminar was held near the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. We were also able to visit the restoration and storage facilities and see many of the treasures stored away there or being restored to former glory.
- 1998 - The Champlin Fighter Museum in Mesa, Arizona hosted this year's seminar. Also the home of the American Fighter Aces Association, there was lots to see and do. Participants were able to go beyond the ropes to take a closer look into cockpits, under wings, and other places you normally can't see at most museums.
- 2000 - The League met in Pensacola, Florida, where we visited the National Naval Aviation Museum.
- 2003 - The League met in Fairborn, Ohio, to celebrate the centennial of flight at the Air Force Museum. As well as a very successful mid-week seminar at the Museum itself, the following weekend was a real treat with a WWI aircraft fly-in at the Museum.
- 2005 - The League met in Seattle, Washington.
- 2007 - The League met in in Washington D.C. for its 10th ('Double Ace') Seminar. The high point of the Seminar was the meeting between the daughter of 95th Aero Squadron pilot Walter Avery and the son of jasta 72 Ace Carl Menckhoff and presenting his family with the "M" Avery cut from Menckhoff's plane nearly 90 years ago.