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January - March 2009     VOLUME 13 ISSUE 1
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Aviation Training During World War II

Author Stephen G. Craft

Festival of Reading author Stephen G. Craft, associate professor of social science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is also the author of V. K. Wellington Koo and the Emergence of Modern China. Embry-Riddle at War: Aviation Training During World War II
“Key to the training of military pilots in World War II was the Miami-based Embry-Riddle Company, which cornered the professional aviation training market during the war years and became the standard for training pilots as well as instructors, mechanics, and aircraft factory workers."Embry-Riddle at War" is the first study of a civilian aviation school during World War II. Stephen Craft examines the myriad 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 part Florida played in the war. Craft mines archival sources and the rich treasure trove of personal memoirs produced by men who fought the greatest air war in history. Additionally, interviews with men and women who graduated from wartime Embry-Riddle bring the story to life with rich and telling detail.”

"Sheds important light on a neglected but critically important aspect of the greatest air war in history." - Tom D. Crouch, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution "Craft tells an important story of a company that 'went to war' for the duration of World War II - a tale of patriotic duty fulfilled, corporate ambition stimulated, and business challenges in the turmoil of the postwar years." - Donald J. Mrozek, Kansas State University"

Reprinted from Eurospan