Liberty Loan Drive to Fund the War Effort
This Liberty Bond Poster was similar to the one glued on the underside of Eddie Richenbacher's top wing.
America Declares War: April 1917
In 1916 the number of military aircraft in the service of the United States totaled only two. There had seemed to be no need for them. Upon declaring war on Germany in April of 1917, overly optimistic Congressmen promised to "darken the skies over Europe" with American-designed, American-built aircraft. It sounded too good to be true, and it was.Americans simply could not increase aircraft production from near nothing to these unrealistic projections overnight. The declaration of war had no immediate effect on the battlefields of Europe. It would take about a year before the US was ready to ship doughboys overseas.