The members of Richard C. Du Pont Post 18 envision a future in which the post is recognized as a key partner in providing solutions that address the needs and issues that are facing veterans, their families and their communities.
The mission of Richard C. Du Pont Post 18 is to promote a better understanding of the principles of democracy and to inculcate, among all people, a higher appreciation of the benefits of American citizenship. The post works to serve the needs of all veterans, their families and the communities in which they reside.
Richard C. Du Pont Sr. (1911-1943)

Richard C. Du Pont, Sr. was the designer and builder of gliders, holder of soaring records, pioneer of rural airmail service, and the founder of Allegheny Airlines, the forerunner of US Airways.

His romance with flight began as a boy building model airplanes, then piloting gliders in his teens. He earned his pilot's license in 1930, but focused on soaring and went on to establish national and world records for altitude, endurance and distance. He served as president of the Soaring Society of America from 1937 through 1930.
In the late 1930s and early 40s, his All American Aviation developed a nonstop airmail drop and pickup service for small towns. It featured 260-h.p. Stinson Reliants equipped with hooks that snatched up mail pouches as the craft swooped low over airports in Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other reaches of the Alleghenies.
In 1943, Air Corps commander Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold called on Richard du Pont to head glider R&D for the military. Drawing on his own experience and first-hand observations in the Sicilian campaign, he effected major changes in glider operations. Tragically, on Sept. 11, 1943, a test flight of a large experimental Air Corps glider in California took the lives of four airmen, including the 32 year-old Delawarean.

Conferring the Distinguished Service Medal, accepted by the flier's widow, Allaire, President Roosevelt said du Pont "contributed materially to the successful accomplishment of a mission of the greatest importance to the war effort."

After the war, the Civil Aeronautics Board awarded All American a permanent route system across the Allegheny states; the company renamed itself Allegheny Airlines and expanded ultimately into US Airways.

Richard C. DuPont, Sr. (1911-1943) was inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame in 2002. To read his biography, click on Richard C. DuPont.
Richard C. DuPont, Jr. (1937-1986) was inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004.
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