The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces who separates himself in backing of operationsby "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an elevated flight, consequent to November 11, 1918.
The first award of the Distinguished Flying Cross was made by President Calvin Coolidge to ten aviators of the Air Corps who had participated in the U.S. Army Pan American Flight, which took place from December 21, 1926
The first Distinguished Flying Cross to be awarded to a Naval Aviator was received then Commander Richard E. Byrd, USN for his trans-Atlantic flight from June 29 to July 1, 1927 from New York City
The Distinguished Flying Cross was authorized by Section 12 of the Air Corps Act enacted by the United States Congress on July 2, 1926
The Distinguished Flying Cross was designed by Elizabeth Will