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Title: Increasing Autonomy

Action: Begin with a picture of Eisenhower, Eaker, and Spaatz together in group shot to screen left, also show the following bullet list as each is mentioned in narration:

Increasing Autonomy

Voice: Each step in this evolutionary process resulted in increased autonomy for military aviation. From its inclusion as part of the Army Signal Corps in 1907 to the establishment of the Army Air Service in 1920 and the Army Air Corps in 1926, the importance of army aviation grew along with its influence within the War Department. The establishment of GHQ Air Force in 1935 solidified the idea of a unified air striking force and led to the creation of the Army Air Forces as one of three major army commands. In 1942, army aviation was established as an equal partner within the army command structure. This command arrangement took us through World War Two and set the stage for the establishment of the United States Air Force.

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