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Vultee AT-19Vultee AT-19
Vultee AT-19

Vultee AT-19, 3/4 front view.
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Lockheed P-38 Lockheed P-38
Lockheed P-38 "Lightnings"

Lockheed P-38 "Lightnings" await final tune-up at an Irish Base of the 8th AF Service Command.
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Navigation training, Kelly Field, TexasNavigation training, Kelly Field, Texas
Navigation training, Kelly Field, Texas

In this flying classroom, a Beechcraft AT-7 advanced training plane, Air Corps student navigators of Kelly Field, Texas, learn one of the top jobs in air warfare---charting the course of America's giant bombers in flight. Besides pilot and navigator instructor, these twin-engined craft carry three students, each of whom spends 90 hours in day and night navigation flights over wide areas of the Southwest and the Gulf of Mexico. Note "blister" above cabin which has porthole in revolving turret to permit readings of sun and stars.
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Consolidated B-24Consolidated B-24
Consolidated B-24

Consolidated B-24, 3/4 front view, on ground.
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Republic P-47 aircraft. Republic P-47 aircraft.
Republic P-47 aircraft.

Republic P-47 aircraft.
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P-47 P-47
P-47 "Thunderbolt"

(England) A sturdy P-47 "Thunderbolt", ready to go on a minute's notice. This plane, along with the P-38 "Lightning", escorted Forts and Liberators to the Wilhelmshaven Naval Base, November 3, 1943.
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Loading a B-17 prior to missionLoading a B-17 prior to mission
Loading a B-17 prior to mission

(England) What goes up must come down - and this 1000 lb. bomb is to be no exception to that rule. Members of an ordinance crew loading a B-17 "Flying Fortress" before she takes off on a mission over enemy territory. This aircraft is the "Shot Luke" and has been on 27 missions over enemy territory from North Africa and England where she is now stationed.
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Refueling of a Lockheed P-38 Refueling of a Lockheed P-38
Refueling of a Lockheed P-38 "Lightning".

Refueling of a Lockheed P-38 "Lightning".
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Consolidated B-24 Consolidated B-24
Consolidated B-24

Consolidated B-24 aircraft in flight.
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Map room trainingMap room training
Map room training

Training - map Problem Room, Air Corps Tactical School, Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Al. (19370 A.C.)
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French aviation cadetsFrench aviation cadets
French aviation cadets

French Aviation Cadets, Turner Field, Ga.
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Officers Candidate SchoolOfficers Candidate School
Officers Candidate School

Officer Candidate Students taking calisthenics on beach at Miami, Florida. 20 January 1943. (42650 A. C.)
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Air-sea rescue trainingAir-sea rescue training
Air-sea rescue training

Keesler Field, Ms. - 1944, Instruction was also given to the Marine crews who operated rescue boats in coordination with the rescue activities of OA-10A aircraft.
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Cadets from Scott FieldCadets from Scott Field
Cadets from Scott Field

A group of cadets from Scott field - operations on field training duty.
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Airplane mechanic trainingAirplane mechanic training
Airplane mechanic training

Propeller Class, Air Force Technical School, Chanute Field, Rantoul, Ill.
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Airplane mechanic trainingAirplane mechanic training
Airplane mechanic training

Islands of airplane engines surrounded by information seeking student mechanics fill the vast hangar at Randolph Field which forms the demonstration hall and classroom for the mechanics classes. This particular phase of the students' work is known as the engine construction unit, work being done on actual motors from training type planes as well as demonstration models. In the background students swarm in, under, and on top of a plane which has had a part of its fuselage cut away for demonstration purposes. Motors inspected and assembled range from 450 horse-power training engines to the latest 1,000 and 1,200 horse power motors. It's all a part of the vast educational system for pilots and mechanics in the Gulf Coast Air Force Training Center.
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Flexible gunnery trainingFlexible gunnery training
Flexible gunnery training

Typical of the soldiers volunteering to become aerial gunners is Pvt. Alfred C. Edwards of Richmond, Va.. Manipulation of the reflex sights on the Martin turret is one of the most important jobs he has to learn. The corporal is a bit fed up here, but Pvt. Edwards gets the idea. He is trying to focus on a moving target in the air. Apparently, from the expression of the instructor, he isn't keeping up. He has to shoot ahead of the target at least forty feet from his position to hit it.
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Flexible gunnery trainingFlexible gunnery training
Flexible gunnery training

Typical of the soldiers volunteering to become aerial gunners is Pvt. Alfred C. Edwards of Richmond, Va.. The actual target firing by Pvt. Edwards is done over the rim of the southernmost tip of Texas. His bullets, both those that hit the target and those that miss, drop harmlessly into the Gulf of Mexico or the many-colored and mirrored waters of Laguna Madre. When his final target flight is over he comes down and the score is tabulated. He is a qualified gunner. Automatically, he becomes a sergeant and receives the coveted gunner's wings. The next step is a place in a combat team on a bomber. He is ready!
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Synthetic training aidsSynthetic training aids
Synthetic training aids

Shown in this picture is the Hagner Planetarium, a brightly-colored vehicle used by navigation cadets at Hondo Army Air field, Texas to ride herd on the stars. This intricate gadget helps the navigator get the "feel" of the 52 celestial bodies which show him the way as he directs his bomber through uncharted skies. The navigator can determine his position in the sky by sketching astronomical triangles involving his ship, the stars and certain points on the earth's surface. Hondo-trained navigators learn that these celestial signposts can give them an unerring signal to turn to the bombardier and say, "That's Tokyo, pal, bombs away!"
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Synthetic training aidsSynthetic training aids
Synthetic training aids

Synthetic Training Aids For Bombardiers: A-2 Bomb Trainer.
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Synthetic training aids, Link TrainerSynthetic training aids, Link Trainer
Synthetic training aids, Link Trainer

Flying Cadet seated in the cockpit of a Link Trainer, a device that simulates blind flying without ever leaving terra firma. As the student pilot "flies" the trainer, its course is recorded by the mechanism in the foreground. Later the instructor, right, and the F/C will analyze the "flight", and the errors made.
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Aerial classroomAerial classroom
Aerial classroom

Navigation Training - Aerial Classroom - Aerial schoolroom for student navigators (23030 A.C.)
Aerial classroom


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Bomb spotting trainingBomb spotting training
Bomb spotting training

Enlisted men of Base Photo drawing cameras to go up in a Beechraft AT-11 on bomb-spotting missions at Roswell Army Flying School, Roswell, N.M.
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Bombardier trainingBombardier training
Bombardier training

The pilot heads his bombing training plane (Beechcraft AT-11), out over the vast West Texas prairies to its target as the bombardier student and instructor ready the bomb sight in the nose of the plane for the early morning mission.
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