How the Mexican Air Force Rescued George Washington at Yorktown (Or Something Like that)
From the editor of a West Coast university newsletter:
As an office that fields questions from the media, we get some dillies. I thought you might enjoy this one. Maybe the Mexicans had an
air force before they had airplanes.
Dumb inquiry department...
HISTORY OF THE MEXICAN AIR FORCE - NAVY COMPASS. I'm looking for some information on contributions made by the Mexican Air Force to the U.S. during the Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II for a story I'm working on. I'd appreciate any info.
Today's history lesson:
It is a little known fact in American History that the Mexican Air Force played key roles in these significant battles: during the seige of Yorktown in the Revolutionary War, Lord Cornwallis was forced to surrender to George Washington after the Mexican Air Force cut off the British's last escape route. And during the battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War, the Union forces on Cemetery Hill were only able to repel Pickett's charge with the close air to ground support provided by the 3rd aerial wing of the Mexican Air Force on loan to the Army of the Potomac.
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