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Spaatz, in an introspective mood, attributed the death of one of his classmates in an air accident in part to reflexes slowed by age. 68 In one of the few personally revealing notes in his papers, he analyzed himself as follows: CHARACTER ANALYSIS CAUSES AND REMEDIES 1. Tendency to false illusion that nothing is worth-while except that done by myself. 2. Tendency to be opinionated without sufficient knowledge. 3. Mental laziness . . resulting in ability to group quickly certain things but with no retentiveness, also resulting in inability to form definite conclusions and pursue consistent line of thought.

It may well have allowed him to concentrate on his profession without the distraction of worry. In 1921 Spaatz and Arnold, who had sealed their friendship during a mutual tour of duty in California, served up a wacky public relations ploy. They persuaded the chef of a San Francisco hotel to prepare the first egg to be laid and fried in flight. On the day of the great Egg Festival at Petaluma, the chicken capital of California, Tooey and the chef added a prize hen to the crew and headed back for the bay area.

Under the new act Spaatz’s base pay, for a major with less than 23 years’ service, was $2,400 per annum. Throughout the period between the two world wars, Spaatz probably earned more per year than any other nongeneral officer in the Army. The family apparently lived comfortably with little left over from day-to-day expenses. ”51 His finances continued to do no better until very late in his career. Nonetheless, the extra money certainly gave him the advantage of relative peace of mind and the comfort of a lifestyle unavailable to many of his peers.

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