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Flight schools played an essential role in disseminating the art of flying balloons and airplanes. In general they were opened and operated by pre-existing commercial and military organizations.

Chalais-Meudon was the premier flight school for French aerostiers in the '80s and '90s.


Organizations & people with associated schools:

During the war, with oversight from the Aircraft Production Board, Americans were educated in droves at six new Military Aviation schools opened in 1916 or 1917.[1] The first class of these students, 147 strong, graduated on 14 July 1917; 150–200 more were expected to graduate each week thereafter.[2] American students also studied at the Royal Flying Corps school in Toronto.[2]


  1. "The Status of the Aircraft Production Board", Air Service Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1., July 12, 1917, pp. 15–16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ground Schools Graduate First Class of 147 Men", Air Service Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2., July 19, 1917, p. 55.