Stories, Humor and Other Articles from the 1930s, 40s & 50s
The following are stories, etc. from aviation pamphlets and other
publications from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, which I find interesting, funny or inspiring. They also give one an
insight into what it was like flying and learning to fly then. I did not write these and often, no
author is credited. The original publications are from my own or friends' collections or
from the American Airpower Heritage Museum library collection.
||Lessons That Live as told by A.A.F. Pilots,
was published by the Directorate of Flying Safety, U.S. Army Air Forces, undated
(1942-43 probable). Anonymous, drawings by Harvey Woolhiser. AAHM library collection.
seasoned pilots of the Army Air Forces, who lived these experiences that others might
learn and profit by them, this book is dedicated.
||Humor from the U.S. Navy Air Group 31's Cruise
Book (former VC-17), consisting of VF-31 (F6F Hellcats) and VT-31 (TBM
Avengers). Editor's collection.
||A Message to Aviation Cadets, is a
short pamphlet which gives an interesting view of what was expected of a new U.S. Naval
Aviation Cadet in 1943. Joe Mabee's collection.
||Japan Is NOT an Air Power was
published in the January 1941 issue of FLYING and POPULAR AVIATION. It is a good example
of the American view of Japanese military aviaition, especially naval air power, less than
a year before Pearl Harbor. Joe Mabee's collection.
||Is Aerial Warfare Doomed? was
published in the November 1934 issue of MODERN MECHANIX And
Inventions. While the cover shows a "crewless freight train" of
the future, the article explains why aerial bombardment and warfare will
play no real part in any future (post-1934) war. Editor's collection.
||Where is Our Air Power? was
published in the June 1942 issue of FLYING and POPULAR AVIATION. It
is an attempt to answer this popular question of the times. Editor's
||Dilbert, the U.S. Navy's most
fouled-up pilot was, fortunately, a cartoon character. Editor's collection.
I want to be a Naval Aviator
when I grow up because ...
|A short composition titled A Naval Aviator,
supposedly written by a fifth-grade student.
||One of the great books about aviation is Fate
Is The Hunter by Ernest K. Gann. Gann's final chapter is a
particular favorite of mine.
If you haven't read this book, you should.