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Defending Allied skies: Yale's pioneering pilots form first naval aviation unit

Defending Allied skies: Yale's pioneering pilots form first naval aviation unit

In 1916 as America faced a revolution in Mexico and full-blown war in Europe, a group of 12 friends at Yale University decided it was time they learned how to fly. That summer the young men, led by Frederick Trubee Davison '18 (1896-1974) - manager of the Yale crew team - formed the Yale Aero Club and the volunteer Coastal Patrol Unit #1, later known as the First Yale Unit.

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