Saturday, September 27, 2008

Featured Pipe Smoker: William Moffett

Rear Admiral William Adger Moffett (1869-1933)

Born in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1898.

Moffett was not a pilot himself, but he came to be known as the "father of naval aviation" for his leading role in developing naval aircraft tactics and the introduction of the aircraft carrier.

He died in the crash of the dirigible Akron, which went down during a storm off the coast of New Jersey in 1933.

One ship, the USS Moffett, was named after him, and so was Moffett Field in California.

A short biography, as well as a detailed account of the crash that took his life, can be found at the website of Arlington National Cemetery, where he is interred.

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