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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. The CPTP, the New Deal, and War Preparedness Chapter 3 2. "Baptism of Fire": The CPTP and the Legislative Process Chapter 4 3. The Uneasy Transition from Peace to War Chapter 5 4. The CPTP Goes to War Chapter 6 5. The CPTP and Postwar Aviation Chapter 7 Conclusion Chapter 8 Appendixes
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"To Fill the Skies With Pilots" is a well-researched history of this almost forgotten component of World War Two pilot training. Begun as a New Deal vocational training program and aviation industry kick-start program, the Civilian Pilot Training Program was equally distrusted by President Roosevelt and the US Army, which assumed control of this training stepchild in the early days of WWII and relegated its graduates to non-combat support flying. Yet the program was lauded by the Navy, which had no operational control over CPTP but made good use of its graduates as combat aviators. Pisano details the successes and shortcomings of he program in interesting detail. This book should definitely be on the shelf of anyone interested in the New Deal, WWII pilot training and/or the history of Federal vocational and industry development programs.