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Initial Selection of Candidates for Pilot, Bombardier, and Navigator Training (WWII)

Initial Selection of Candidates for Pilot, Bombardier, and Navigator Training, by Robert L. Thompson (1943). 66 pages. – http://www.afhra.af.mil/Portals/16/documents/Studies/1-50/AFD-090602-023.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Were 28 year olds less likely to graduate from flight school than younger students?
  • When did the Army Air Forces start pilot training for African Americans?
  • What were the three aptitude tests pilot cadets had to pass before being accepted into training prior to 1942?
  • What was an example of a reading comprehension question required by the Aviation Cadet Qualifying Examination?

Description:

The PDF file for this work is mostly blank up until page 13, where you will find the table of contents. The first part of the book covers World War I and the interwar years. Material pertaining to World War II will be mostly found in two chapters:

  • IV – The Aviation Cadet Qualifying Examination, 1942-1943
  • V – Other significant changes in the initial selection procedures, 1941-1943

The work also contains a bibliography, a glossary of Abbreviations and an index.

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