On Celestial Wings, first released in 1995 recounts the educational, deployment, and war-time studies of a few U.S. Air strength navigators in the course of international conflict II. incorporated are 17 pages of pictures. writer Edgar Whitcomb (1917-2016) served as governor of the country of Indiana from 1969-1973, and in later existence made a few solo crusing voyages earlier than returning to his domestic state.
From the Foreword through Col Charles Mott: In November 1940, forty four younger army cadets graduated from the 1st military Air Corps Navigational classification at Miami collage in Coral Gables, Florida. The cadets got here from all elements of the United States-from the city parts of the East Coast, westward to the Appalachian Mountains, to the Midwest and prairie states, to the Rocky Mountains, and the West Coast. those younger males got here from the interior towns, the farmlands, the mountains, and coastal areas, they usually have been all volunteers. such a lot have been college-educated and within the major of lifestyles. international conflict II was once raging in Europe and it was once changing into more and more tough for the us to stay impartial. a couple of farsighted males in our small military Air Corps observed the basic requirement for knowledgeable celestial navigators in our army aircraft.
The teacher for this navigational category used to be a 34-year-old highschool dropout via the identify of Charles J. Lunn. Charlie Lunn had first realized the artwork of celestial navigation aboard freighter ships within the Caribbean and later because the navigator aboard Pan American Airline planes flying to Europe and Asia.
This booklet used to be written via a kind of younger navigators, Edgar D. Whitcomb, from Hayden, Indiana. Ed Whitcomb tells approximately those younger comrades-in-arms and attracts bright observe graphics of them as we examine in their assignments to Air Corps devices. We find out how they survived and the way a few died in global conflict II. We know about Ed’s personal pre-Pearl Harbor task with the nineteenth Bombardment team at Clark box within the Philippines and the unlucky, and maybe inexcusable, selection to not installation our B-17 Flying castle bombers instantly after the assault on Pearl Harbor leading to the lack of forty percentage of these airplane as they sat parked at Clark box whilst the japanese destroyed that important army air base at the afternoon of eight December 1941.