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Flying Cadets of the US Army Air Corps (1940)


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  •  Cadets learn of their acceptance into the air corps and arrive at the facility  
  •  Basic flight training, in the air and in the classroom 
  •  All roads lead to Randolph Field near San Antonio 
  •  Next level flight training 
  •  Ground school, from Morse code to meteorology 
  •  Reporting to the auxiliary flying fields 
  •  First solo flight at night 
  •  Next stop: San Antonio’s Kelly Field 
  •  Six-ship formation flying 
  •  Cross-country flying to Dallas and Brownsville 
  •  Earning their wings 
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Produced by the Material Division of the US Army Air Corps (now known as the US Air Force), this 1940 educational film goes over the process of becoming an officer in the Air Corps, from acceptance to graduation. First comes basic flight training, as cadets take their initial solo flights. Next the trainees move to Randolph Field (now known as Randolph Air Force Base) near San Antonio for secondary training. Here, they learn advanced flight skills such as acrobatics as well as attend ground school. Lastly, the cadets travel to Kelly Field, also in San Antonio, for the final stage of their training, such as cross-country and formation flying. After completing the nearly 30-week program, the cadets receive their wings and become officers.