Where is the prince who can afford so to cover his country with troops for its defense, as that ten thousand men descending from the clouds, might not, in many places, do an infinite deal of mischief before a force could be brought together to repel them?
Benjam Franklin, 1784
The idea of troops attacking from the sky can be said to be an early American idea, stretching all the way back to Benjamin Franklin while he was ambassador to France.
Mar 1, 1912 – Captain Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.
All the way….and then some!