Thomas Ray received his B.A. from the University of Maryland (1950), his M.A. from American University (1959), and is presently working on his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Colorado. He has held positions as an historian with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U. S. Air Force (Air Defense Command) U. S. Navy(Chief of Naval Material) Defense Communications Agency, and is now with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he is writing the history of management of the Apollo Program.

Articles by Thomas Ray

Lieutenants T. G. Ellyson, J. H. Towers, and John Rodgers

The First Three

By Thomas Ray
July 1971
The author tells us about the first three aircraft purchased by the Navy and about the three men chosen to fly them.
Glenn Curtiss

Naval Aviation: The Beginning

By Thomas Ray
January 1971
In 1910, only a handful of visionaries saw a place in the Navy for the frail, underpowered patchworks of fabric and bamboo. Yet, within a year, the Navy had become ...