(See R. Dann and G. Galdorisi, pp. 34–39, September 2011 Proceedings)
Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired), President, Naval Historical Foundation—Captains Dann and Galdorisi do a credible job of presenting a short history of naval aviation, but in one area they come up short. There is no mention of Rear Admiral William Adger Moffett, billed by many as the “Architect of Naval Aviation.” Consider some quotes from the citation by the Secretary of the Navy that went along with the naming of Moffett as an Acquisition Pioneer in 1997:
A visionary who did more to advance the cause of naval aviation than anyone else in history, Rear Admiral Moffett served as Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics from 1921 through 1933 . . . three consecutive terms as chief of the Bureau. He pioneered the integration of aircraft with fleet operations and was significantly responsible for introducing new technology to naval warfare, most notably the aircraft carrier.