Flying Midshipman by Bill Bolton

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Flying Midshipman by Bill Bolton
Flying Midshipman by Bill Bolton
Flying Midshipman by Bill Bolton
Flying Midshipman by Bill Bolton

Flying Midshipman by Bill Bolton

Almost a year to the day after V-J Day, the Navy faced a shortage of Naval Aviators as the thousands of men who answered the call during World War II returned to civilian life. The Naval Aviation College Program sought to fill that void, offering young men payment for four years of college and flight training in exchange for a period of active service, during which time they initially held the rank of Aviation Midshipman before receiving a commission as Ensign, USN. The program lasted four years until phased out for purely economic reasons. Those who manned the cockpits as “Flying Midshipmen” (a colloquialism for the more proper term, Aviation Midshipmen), included not only astronaut Neil Armstrong, but also Jesse Brown, the Navy’s first African-American Naval Aviator. All of these aviators distinguished themselves in the Korean War, the early years of the Cold War and beyond. 

source: nationalaviationmuseum.org

8" x 5.5" x 1"

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