Pilot career

Discussion in 'Ground Commands, Stations, & Bases' started by Airwar, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Interesting to see how they start their career.
     
  2. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    There is plenty of "free" reading material this topic in the AFHRA special studies series http://www.afhra.af.mil/Information/Studies/Numbered-USAF-Historical-Studies/
    For example to only point out a few:
    48) Preflight Training in the AAF, 1939-1944, by Thomas H. Greer (1946). 276 pages http://www.afhra.af.mil/Portals/16/documents/Studies/1-50/AFD-090602-105.pdf
    49) Basic Military Training in the AAF, 1939-1944, by Howard D. Williams (1946). 205 pages http://www.afhra.af.mil/Portals/16/documents/Studies/1-50/AFD-090602-106.pdf
    61) Combat Crew and Unit Training in the AAF, 1939-1945, by Jerry White (1949). 147 pages http://www.afhra.af.mil/Portals/16/documents/Studies/51-100/AFD-090601-030.pdf
    90) The Preflight Schools in World War II, by W. Eugene Hollon (1953). 229 pages http://www.afhra.af.mil/Portals/16/documents/Studies/51-100/AFD-090601-131.pdf
     
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  3. billrunnels

    billrunnels Active Member

    My career consisted of 32 years (four airlines} in Commercial Aviation. Most of the post war pilots got their initial required air time in the service.
     
  4. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Hello Bill,
    Your commercial aviation career is a topic I don't believe you have ever discussed earlier. I for one would be most interested to learn more about your commercial airlines service, and I assume transition from propellers to jets and those changes. As you were a bombardier in AAF service, in what position did you serve commercially?
    Scott
     
  5. billrunnels

    billrunnels Active Member

    Hi Scott........My career in Commercial Aviation was in Marketing and Sales. I spent time with TWA, Braniff, North Central and Republic Airlines. I was Director of Sales Administration for the latter two prior to retiring at age 58 in 1981. For the most part, it was an enjoyable experience. However, I think the two years I spent with the B&0 Railroad as a telegraph operator following my discharge was more fun. Still like to hear the train whistle. Ha Ha

    Bill
     
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