Category: Military

U.S. Army Air Corps expanded



President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a January 1939 special message to Congress, requested a “minimum 3,000-plane increase” for the Air Corps. In April, Congress allocated funds to expand the Air Corps that included adding 2,500 to 5,000 aircraft and more staff and facilities. The War Department resumed work on development of the long-range B-29 bomber that had been put on hold due to infighting between ground and air advocates in the military.

The history of the Army Air Corps since World War I and its later separation into the Air Force can be found here: .