They Flew Proud: The Small Town and Airport Training of Cadets and Civilians During World War II

They Flew Proud: The Small Town and Airport Training of Cadets and Civilians During World War II

by Jane Gardner Birch
     
 
They Flew Proud crisply tells the story of the Civilian Pilot Training Program through the Army Air Force Cadets at Grove City College (PA.) and the Grove City Airport where the flight instructors (including Gardner Birch) trained the cadets to solo. Across the U.S., more than 435,000 men and women were taught to fly under the CPTP in pre and post WWII. In

Overview

They Flew Proud crisply tells the story of the Civilian Pilot Training Program through the Army Air Force Cadets at Grove City College (PA.) and the Grove City Airport where the flight instructors (including Gardner Birch) trained the cadets to solo. Across the U.S., more than 435,000 men and women were taught to fly under the CPTP in pre and post WWII. In Grove City, the 8th Detachment's 486 students received almost 5,000 hours of instruction, and then went forward to serve their nation in WWII.

In Part 2, Gardner Birch, manager/instructor refocused the airport to teach civilians to fly after the CPTP was abruptly cancelled. He created five boards to record the 127 students and their solo dates ('44-'48). Narratives from these men and women retell of learning basic flying skills through many wonderful and humorous aviation stories. Those lessons learned in aviation's early days prepared them for a smoother flight through life and created friendships and passions for flying and airplanes. Numerous photos and visuals add depth, feeling, and understanding to the expressive text and draw us into the special time when some of the greatest generation learned to fly proud.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933858258
Publisher:
Evangel Author Services
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
8.73(w) x 11.19(h) x 0.75(d)

What People are saying about this

Earl H. Tilford
"They Flew Proud reminds us wars are fought and won by ordinary people rising to extraordinary challenges. The small airport outside a tiny Pennsylvania town serves as a metaphor for the totality of the effort required to win the bloodiest war in history. Jane Birch captures the spirit of humans fighting for the future of humanity with a book that serves as a tribute both to men and women who 'flew proud' and the spirit that gave them wings. They Flew Proud reminds this generation of our responsibility to preserve for future generations what those who flew proud won for us."--(Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Professor of History, Grove City College)
Alexander Vraciu
"This book is a long-overdue slice of history. The initiation of the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) just prior to WWII became the backbone for military aviation's running start after Pearl Harbor. Sensing a war coming on, many of us participated in the program during our college summer vacations. Jane Birch's They Flew Proud is a much-needed documentary on the subject."--(Commander Alexander Vraciu, US Navy (retired), 4th Ranked Navy Ace of WWII, Navy Cross)

Meet the Author

Jane Gardner Birch was born and raised in Hermitage, Pa., and received a bachelor of science degree in education from Kent State University. She has had careers in teaching, real estate, financial service, and mortgage lending. She has three sons and six grandchildren and lives outside of Annapolis, Md.

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