AIR SCOUTING

Air Scouting was a national Scouting program that began in 1942.  In 1949, the program name changed to the Air Explorers.

 

The first Air Scout unit in Tennessee was in Rockwood, Tennessee in 1942.

 

In 1943, newspaper articles reflected that Air Scout troops in Chattanooga were associated with "Negro Scout Troop" 81 and Troop 8 at the B'Nai Zion Synogogue.  The Assistant National Director of Senior Scouting, Ralph H. Mozo, visited Chattanooga in October 1943 to help expand the group in the city.  Following his visit, Grace Episcopal Church had their first Air Scout meeting.

 

In 1947, nine Chattanooga Air Scouts attended Wings Over Dixie, the Air Scout event in Mobile, Alabama.  They included:  William D. Lansford, Joseph Glascock (Glasscock?), Richard Martin, John McBeth, Robert Shannon, David Fonseca, Herbert Haile, Ted Cox, and Tommy Seagle.

 

At the January 1948 Council banquet, D.W. Evans announced that the Chattanooga Flyers Club had raised funds to purchase a surplus B-17 for the Air Scouts.

 

In 1954, the Chattanooga Flyers Club (a local aviators club) announced that it would send ten Scouts to attend the Air Scout encampment at Sewart Air Force Base (at Smyrna, Tennessee) who could not afford the trip.

Sources

June 18, 1942 - Roane Boy Scouts Forming Air Troop

Mar. 1, 1943 - Negro Scout News

Aug. 16, 1943 - B'Nai Zion Synagogue

Oct. 19, 1943 - Air Scout Group Expansion Moved

Nov. 8, 1943 - Air Scout Squadron No. 26

Dec. 13, 1943 - Troop 26, Grace Episcopal

Feb. 22, 1944 - Air Scout Squadron 1

Aug. 8, 1947 - 9 From Area Attending Air Scout Encampment

Jan. 23, 1948 - 2 Scout Leaders Win High Awards

Mar. 8, 1948 - Wins Scout Award

Aug. 11, 1954 - Ten Explorer Scouts to be Sent to Sewart