Cadets sing as they march to and from the flight line at Thunderbird II
Flying maneuvers seem less complicated to Cadet Riley when explained by his instructor Les King.
Rated the fastest and most powerful high altitude fighter in the sky at the time was the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. It was heavily armored , carried 6 or more .5 calibre machine guns , was powered with a 2000 horsepower radial type engine and equipped with a turbo-super charger.
British cadets at Falcon field learn to fly in standard 220 horsepower PT-17’s and 650 horsepower AT-6’s.
Alejandro N. Pagliere 25 ( left ), and Ignacio F. de Elizalde 27 ( right ), South American Fliers , talk with Mike Des Marais , director of training at Thunderbird II, where they are now employed as primary flight instructors, de Elizalde and Pagliere, who only a short time ago received their flight training in this country, are believed to be the first two Argentinians to become civilian instructors in the AAF training program.
Key to America’s aerial might was the primary school flight instructor, who, in nine weeks, trains his cadets into confident, capable pilots. This is Les King one of Thunderbird’s 96 civilian instructors.
Future WASPS learn how to operate an intercom. Lessons in the air will teach them not only how to fly straight and level, but also how to put their winged charges through acrobatics and emergency flight and landing routines
Student pilots and instructors fly a three ship Vee formation near A.A.F. Basic pilot school . This formation looks easy, but isn’t . It’s an exhibition type maneuver flown in rigid position to instill discipline.
Airplane lore is being learned by high school boys who are working both on the flight line and in the maintenance hangar at Thunderbird.
Picture shows Bill Daugherty , Elwood Evans and James Smithart , 17-year-old Glendale high school youths working on the flight line, listening as instructor Harold L. Bumph Jr. explains flight maneuvers to Aviation Cadet H. W. Hansen and W. E. Porter.