Retired Nov. 1, 1963.
Major General Daniel C. Doubleday, commander of the Airways and Air Communications Service was born in Johnstown, N.Y. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1929, and within the next three years completed basic and advanced flying training and the Air Corps' communications course. He is the last commander of AACS and has been named to command Rome Air Development Center at Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y.
Long associated with communications, General Doubleday was prominent in the first use of command radio sets in fighter aircraft, and in early development and testing of the automatic radio compass, instrument landing systems and airborne radar.
In l943 he served in the United Kingdom and North Africa or a technical mission, spearheading the introduction of very high frequency communications in those areas. In 1949 he served as Deputy Air Communications Officer for the Far East Air Forces and, later, as an observer with the Atomic Bomb Investigation Mission in Japan.
General Doubleday graduated from the National War College in 1950 and, after a year with the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project at Sandia Base, N.M., assumed command of the Rome Air Development Center Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y.
He joined AACS in 1954, serving first as commander of the European-African-Middle Eastern AACS Area; then as commander of the worldwide organization which provides communications and air traffic services as required by the Air Force. As commander of RADC, his leadership will continue to influence the development of Air Force Communications Electronics. Today, a command pilot, General Doubleday holds the Distinguished Flying Cross and Legion of Merit, for his communications research and test flying, and the Order of the British Empire, for his World War II service.