Craig Field - Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School (on Highway 80), Selma, Alabama

Craig Field - Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School (on Highway 80), Selma, Alabama
Small rectangular booklet, c.23cm by 15cm, 32 pages, published by E.M. Berry of Houston Texas in around 1942. (WSO8143U3)

Craig Field is an airfield in Selma, Alabama, and during the Second World War it was in use by the South East Air Corps Training Center. This booklet is a collection of black and white photographs showing the trainees, the buildings and sites in the airfield, and a few of the actual aircraft themselves. The last inside page of the booklet is left over for 'autographs', presumably where trainees could get their fellow cadets to sign their names. This page has been left blank apart from presumably the name of the person whose booklet this was - he has written in pen 'Eric C. Bishop, Class 424, 1st Nov 1942'.

From the introduction on the front inside cover: On May 2, 1941, the following news release went out over the nation's press wire service: "SELMA, ALA., May 2-As determined and void of frills as a volunteer - which she really is - this one time arsenal of the confederacy opens tomorrow as an arsenal of democracy, the largest flying field in the United States, civilian or military. It is a new unit of the Southeast Air Corps Training Center, where flying cadets will get advanced schooling in the handling of multi-mile-a-minute pursuit plones - the kind that go up to intercept bombers, beat off machine gunners. So it was that Craig started its history.

In slightly over a year, Craig had attained expanded size indicative of the growing strength of the country's air arm. When on August 1, 1942, Col. Julian B. Haddon celebrated his first anniversary as commandant of the post, Craig boasted of a post mechanic school, a sheet metal school, classes, in radio, link trainer, map reading, meteoroloqy, chemical warfare, and various other technical branches of Air Force work, all in addition to its regular program of training ever-increasing groups of advanced cadets.

From its very start, Craig earned for itself a reputation for pioneering-new, and advanced methods of teaching together with more thorough and comprehensive training techniques - these were Craig Field's contribution to the Air Force's pursuit school program.

The condition of the booklet is generally ok. The cover has several minor scuffs and blemishes, and light wear along the edges and corners, and there is light rusting around the staples, but the staple binding is intact, and all pages are intact and tightly bound.
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