Graduates of the Civilian Pilot Training Program

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Description Gelatin print of Graduates of the Civilian Pilot Training Program, February 1943.
Year Range from 1943
Event World War II
Year range to 1943
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Group photograph of ten graduates of the Civilian Pilot Training Program at the Oshkosh State Teachers College. They are lined up wearing uniforms similar to the Army Air Force Cadet's slate-blue uniforms with garrison caps, which were authorized for cadets from 1928-1940. Just visible on their left shoulders is the Civilian Pilot Traing patch of a white star on blue field with red disk in the center and the letters "CPT". They also proudly wear their flying wings. These are graduates from the Navy Program.
The Civilian Pilot Training Program began at the State Teachers College in Oshkosh in 1939 for both men and women. They attended ground schooling classes in meteorology, aircraft design and control, flight theory, civil air regulations and thirty-five hours of flight instruction. Professor Frederick L. Caudle was instructor of ground training and Steve Wittman was the flight instructor. Seventy-seven students attended the 1942-1943 class alone. Most graduates went on to serve as pilots in the Army Air Force and United States Navy during World War II.
Object ID P2005.24.128
Object Name Print, Photographic
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
Subjects World War II
State Teachers College (Oshkosh)
Group Photographs
Civilian Pilot Training Program
Title Graduates of the Civilian Pilot Training Program
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