STATE OF DELAWARE
TO ALL PERSONS TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME, GREETING:
WHEREAS by the laws of The State of Delaware the owners and operators of all aircraft flown or operated in The State of Delaware are required to conform with certain lawful rules and regulations of the United States Government; and
WHEREAS the Civil Aeronautics Administrator of the United States, being vested by law with the power to make and issue necessary rules and regulations governing the flight and operation of aircraft, has promulgated rules and regulations having the effect of law relating thereto and in particular relating to the flight and landing of the same from and on airports, landing areas, bases and other places ; and
WHEREAS the flight or operation of aircraft in violation of such rules and regulations of the Civil Aeronautics Administrator renders all licenses heretofore issued with respect thereto
and for the operation of the same, subject to revocation and cancellation; and
WHEREAS in the interest of effective national defense, for the prevention of sabotage, to insure the fullest cooperation between the state and the federal government in the prosecution of the war effort, and in order more fully to protect the vital defense area of The State of Delaware, it is necessary and the public interest requires that an immediate survey be made by the law enforcement officers and agencies of The State of Delaware to determine whether aircraft owned, operated and flown within The State of Delaware comply with the rules and regulations of the Civil Aeronautics Administrator and requires the strict enforcement by state as well as federal officers of such rules and regulations now in existence or hereafter to be adopted; and
WHEREAS proper enforcement of the laws of the State of Delaware and of the rules and regulations of the Civil Aeronautics Administrator can only be made effective through inspection, supervision and control of all airports, landing areas, bases or other places in the State of Delaware from or upon which aircraft are operated, flown or landed;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of The State of Delaware, do hereby order and direct (a) the closing of each airport, landing area, base and other place within The State of Delaware from or upon which "aircraft" as defined by law is or thereon of aircraft and (b) the grounding of all aircraft located therefrom thereon, from and after the thirty-first day of December, A. D. 1941, unless such airport, landing area, base or other place shall have and maintain a certificate issued by the Attorney General of The State of Delaware showing the compliance thereof with the rules and regulations of the Civil Aeronautics Administrator.
Each such Certificate of Compliance so issued shall be subject to revocation at any time by the Attorney General upon a showing of the violation by the owner or operator of any such airport, landing area, base or other place, or by any person using any the facilities thereof, of any law, rule or regulation of the United States or of The State of Delaware relating to the flight operation or maintenance of aircraft.
The State Police, the State Detectives for the respective counties, and the police officers of all municipalities wherein any such airport, landing area, base or other place is or shall at any time be located, are charged with the enforcement of all existing laws with respect to the flight and operation of aircraft and of this proclamation and are hereby required to furnish all necessary assistance to the Attorney General in furtherance thereof.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be affixed, at Dover, this twenty-sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand
(GREAT SEAL) nine hundred and forty-one, and of the Independence of the United State the one hundred and sixty-sixth.
By the Governor:
WALTER W. BACON EARLE D. WILLEY, Secretary of State.