Photo of the Day: Lt. Gen. Elwood “Pete” Quesada


Captain Elwood R. Quesada, assigned to intelligence in the Office of the Chief of Air Corps in October 1940, went on to become commanding general of the 9th Fighter Command where he established advanced Headquarters on the Normandy beachhead on D-Day plus one, and directed his planes in aerial cover and air support for the Allied invasion of the continent. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Then Captain Elwood R. Quesada, assigned to intelligence in the Office of the Chief of Air Corps in October 1940, went on to become commanding general of the 9th Fighter Command, where he established advanced Headquarters on the Normandy beachhead on D-Day plus one and directed his planes in aerial cover and air support for the Allied invasion of the continent. Quesada is considered the father of modern Close Air Support.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1951, he was later chosen by President Eisenhower to serve as the first Director of the FAA.

Photo taken in 1940.

Photo of the Day is an effort to re-connect the Air Force community with its heritage by highlighting airpower-focused public affairs efforts.

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