AVIATION in the United States has sailed for some years past in troubled waters in which commercial aviation and military flying alike were but struggling for a foothold, seeking to establish themselves on a basis of solid usefulness while wild torrents of controversy and charge and counter-charge raged around them. It is possibly the proper occasion of a little surprise, and certainly an occasion for more than a little gratification, that despite those difficult conditions steady progress has been made. It has come to be a matter of general knowledge now that the American Air Mail Services arouse the envy of the world. It has come to be universally recognized that the products of the American aircraft industry challenge comparison with any others. It requires but a superficial examination into the subject for the layman to realize that he may take an equal pride in the record of aviation in his Navy.
Naval Aviation and Its Common Interest with Air Commerce
By The Honorable Edward P. Warner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Aeronautics