Army Air Corps Song

Army Air Corps Song
Composer and Lyricist Robert MacArthur Crawford
Year Written 1938
About the Army Air Corps Song This song was written in 1938 when the Army Air Corps decided that it needed a song. A contest was created with a $1000 prize, donated by Liberty Magazine. Over 700 compositions were submitted. In addition, Meredith Willson and Irving Berlin were asked to write entries as well. In the end, the prize went to Robert MacArthur Crawford, a music teacher, who had attempted to serve in World War I, but was kicked out after it was discovered he was underage. He enlisted again for World War II and flew for the Air Transport Command of the U.S. Army Air Forces. After the war, he joined the music faculty at the University of Miami.


Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At ’em boys, Give ‘er the gun!
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame.
Nothing’ll stop The Army Air Corps!

Session / Album Information


The Army Air Corps Song was recorded on October 21, 1957 and released in 1957 on the album The Beat of My Heart. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

Army Air Corps Song

Listen to Army Air Corps Song on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2010.

This recording also released on:

  • 1957:  Philips LP 12″: BBL 7219 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 2008: Not Now Music CD: NOT3CD010 — Three Original Hit Albums [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #11 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK11) The Beat of My Heart

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