Bruce, a private pilot from Texas, writes: I saw a poster at the FBO of early Army Air Service Regulations that included the rule, “Aviators will not wear spurs when flying.” Is that for real? Was that an actual rule, and if so, why on earth would early pilots be wearing spurs?
That’s a very good question, and — as it turns out — not such an easy one to answer.
First, to the poster…or I should say posters, as there’s no end of the damn things. They’re all slightly different, and all, as far as I can make out, modern creations. The posters usually show up as 1919, and sometimes 1920, United States Army Air Service Flying Regulations. Some versions include the tag line “Regulations of Operating of Aircraft, Commencing January, 1920.”[Read more…]