- Awarded on:
"For extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight. From 1 to 7 January 1929, Major Spaatz commanded the airplane Question Mark on a refueling flight, at and near Los Angeles, California, which remained in the air a total of 150 hours, 40 minutes and 15 seconds, a period of continuous flight longer than and previous flight ever accomplished. By his endurance, resourcefulness, and leadership he demonstrated future possibilities in aviation which were heretofore not appreciated, and thus reflect great credit upon himself and the Army of the United States."
War Department, General Orders No. 7