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Elwood (Richard) Quesada

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Aviator, born in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He enlisted in the army in 1924 and received a commission after completing flight training the following year. Among other assignments in the 1930s, he flew as chief pilot on the New York–Cleveland airmail run. During World War 2 he commanded the Ninth Fighter Command in England (1943) and, as head of the Ninth Tactical Air Command, directed thousands of sorties in preparation for the Allied landings in Normandy (6 Jun 1944). He retired from the service in 1951 and became the first head of the newly formed Federal Aviation Administration (1959). For a time he was also president of the company that owned the Washington Senators baseball team (1961–2).

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