Embry-Riddle at War: Aviation Training during World War II

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Unique among military and social histories of the World War ll-era military-industrial complex, Embry-Riddle at War examines the many components of aeronautical training, the evolution of a civilian company contributing to the war effort, the experiences and lives of those who participated in the school, and the crucial role Florida played in the war. Stephen Craft mines archival sources and the rich treasure trove of personal memories of the men who fought the greatest air war in history. Interviews with those who graduated from wartime Embry-Riddle bring the story to life with rich and telling detail.

A volume in The Florida History and Culture Series, edited by Raymond Arsenault and Gary R. Mormino.

Front cover, top: RAF cadets stand at attention in front of a hangar at Riddle Field. Bottom: For much of World War II, Embry-Riddle's administrative offices and Technical School classrooms were in the Aviation Building, the former Fritz Hotel, located at 3240 NW 27th Avenue in Miami. The Overhaul Division also occupied space on the property. In the foreground, students from the USAAF Technical Training Detachment gain experience working on the engines of Martin B-12 bombers.

Back cover, top: An instructor uses a model of the PT-17 Stearman as an instructional tool for cadets. Bottom: The Embry-Riddle Company was reborn in 1939 at the Seaplane Base located along the County Causeway (renamed MacArthur Causeway during the war) with only two planes, both Piper J-3 Cubs like the one pictured, one or two flight instructors, and a maintenance man.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813035031
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 2/22/2010
  • Series: Florida History and Culture Series
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen G. Craft, associate professor of social science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is the author of V. K. Wellington Koo and the Emergence of Modern China.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Maps xvi

1 The Embry-Riddle Company of Miami 1

2 Civilian Pilot and Mechanic Training, 1939-1941 22

3 American and British Cadet Pilot Training, 1940-1941 54

4 Wartime Technical Training and Aircraft Overhaul 88

5 The Miami Flight Division at War 133

6 Training American Pilots for War 157

7 Wartime RAF Flight Training 197

8 Contraction 232

Epilogue 257

Notes 267

Bibliography 301

Index 307

Series List 315

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