Aviation Section, U.S. Army Signal Corps Love Field Scrapbook Economy

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Anas Tommy Economy (born Anastasios Economou) emigrated from Greece to the United States in 1912 at the age of eight. Economy attended Detroit Technical college for a year and later obtained a degree by correspondence in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. Economy worked for the Great Northern Railway and Dodge Brothers Company before enlisting in the Aviation Section, US Army Signal Corps in 1917 where he was stationed at Love Field, Texas with the 868th Aero Squadron at the Aviation Repair Depot. During his time at Love Field, Economy was promoted to sergeant first class. Economy remained at Love Field until he was transferred to San Antonio Intermediate Air Depot in 1921. Economy was injured in a large hangar fire at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma and retired from the military in 1947 at the rank of colonel while still under treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During his military service, Economy was the recipient of the American Defense Service Medal; the American Theater Service Medal; the American Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal. Anas Tommy Economy died in 1987 at the age of 89.