Lincoln's Air Force
Professor Thaddeus Lowe was an inventor and aeronaut. After a ballooning mishap, Lowe realized the military potential of having a birds eye view of the enemy and used his fleet of War Balloons to spy on the military movements of the Confederacy. He is often called the Father of the U.S. Air Force because of the integral role that he played in introducing the military to the benefits of aviation. In later years Professor Lowe passed his love and reverance of aviation onto his granddaughter; famed aviatrix Pancho Barnes, who was a stunt pilot and member of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots.
Jenni Shelton, International Women's Air & Space Museum