Colonel Ira F. Fravel Collection

Ira F. Fravel was involved in the Army Air Service Balloon Service from the turn of the century to the 1930s. His achievements included, receiving the first wireless messages in a free balloon (May, 1911), graduation from the General Service and Staff College (Ft. Leavenworth, KS, 1904), receiving the first wireless message in a free balloon (May, 1911), service with the Expeditionary Force in France, 1917-1918, and command of the Ross Airfield in Arcadia, CA.