|About the Book|
This is the first book ever written that covers the entire Flying/Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program from its beginning in 1917 until its ending in 1961. This is the story of the brave young men who defended our nation in the skies during everyMoreThis is the first book ever written that covers the entire Flying/Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program from its beginning in 1917 until its ending in 1961. This is the story of the brave young men who defended our nation in the skies during every war from WWI through Viet Nam. They were the top 2.5 % of our nations young men. Their dream was to fly! They wanted to fly more than they wanted to eat. Out of approximately every 1,000 boys who applied for this training, only 75 men would graduate. Over 60% were washed out at primary flight training alone. So important was this program, that those who did wash out have not gotten over it to this very day, even if it happened over fifty years ago. But those who did have the skill, determination, and discipline, are as fine an example of what a man should be as can be found. They are the last of a breed, and when they are all gone from this earth, they will be sorely missed.This hard bound book is comprised of 270 black and white photographs, many of which have not been seen before by anyone living today. It is 376 pages long with an 18-page list of training bases. It is 8 1/2 X 11 and weighs almost 3.5 lbs. The paper is satin finish for ease of reading, and the dark blue cover under the full-color, plastic-coated dust jacket is silver embossed. The overall quality of this work is outstanding. I know anyone will enjoy reading it, even if they are not interested in airplanes. This is a treasure to be read and handed down to future generations so that they will know who we are, and perhaps be inspired to emulate what we have done.