Lieutenant Harold B. Miller piloting an F9C-2 Sparrowhawk aircraft

Following graduation from the Naval Academy in 1924, Rear Admiral Harold B. Miller, U.S. Navy (Retired) spent two years in the crew of the battleship USS California (BB-44) before going to flight training. As an aviator, he initially was in the battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48) and carrier USS Langley (CV-1). He served as a scout plane pilot from the Navy’s last two rigid airships, the USS Akron (ZRS-4) and Macon (ZRS-5). His memoir includes a description of the Macon’s loss in 1935. After floatplane duty in cruisers, Miller served with Patrol Squadron 16 in Alaska and commanded Patrol Squadron Five in Panama. He subsequently was on the staff of Rear Admiral Arthur Bristol, Commander Support Force, Atlantic Fleet. In 1942–43 Miller headed the Training Literature section of the Bureau of Aeronautics, commanding a talented group of artists, writers, and photographers. After a stint as naval attaché in London, he headed the public relations staff of Admiral Chester Nimitz in the Pacific in 1944–45, then was spot-promoted to rear admiral to serve as the Director of Public Information for the entire Navy. After retirement in 1946, Miller served in public relations capacities for TWA, the American Petroleum Institute, Pan American, and Hofstra University.

Articles by Harold B. "Min" Miller

UO-1 hooked on to the U.S.S. Los Angeles

Navy Skyhooks

By Lieutenant H. B. Miller, U. S. Navy
February 1935
To launch and recover "parasite" airplanes from lighter-than-air craft in flight, the "skyhook" system was developed.
Attempted flight of Langley's full-sized palne, preparatory to launching

Shooting The Catapult

By Lieutenant (J. G.) H. B. Miller, U. S. Navy
April 1933
Catapulting aircraft is a commonplace event. Harold B. Milller traces the steps that have gone towards making it possible.

Covered Wagons of the Sea

By Lieutenant (J. G.) H. B. Miller, U. S. Navy
November 1931
In the early days of aviation, the application of the airplane to land warfare was readily apparent. Landing fields could be made available at any desired point. The navies of ...