Members of the Civilian Pilot Training Program

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Description Gelatin print of Members of the Civilian Pilot Training Program, 1942.
Year Range from 1942
Event World War II
Year range to 1942
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Group photograph of ten Members of the Civilian Pilot Training Program at the Oshkosh State Teachers College in 1942. Most are wearing white coveralls or flight suits. They are posed in the doorway of one of the buildings on campus. The man standing in the front row, 2nd from left is identified as James Smith, 3rd is 'Wolf', and 5th is 'Gruenwald'.
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 P2005.24.139
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Smith, James
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects World War II
State Teachers College (Oshkosh)
Group Photographs
Civilian Pilot Training Program
Title Members of the Civilian Pilot Training Program
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