With the outbreak of World War II, British Royal Air Force (RAF) officials sought to train aircrews outside of England, safe from enemy attack and poor weather. In the United States six civilian flight schools dedicated themselves to instructing RAF pilots; the first British Flying Training School (BFTS) was located in Terrell, Texas, east of Dallas. Tom Killebrew explores the history of the Terrell Aviation School and its programme with RAF pilots. Most of the early British students had never been in an aeroplane or even driven a car before arriving in Texas to learn to fly. The cadets trained in the air on aerobatics, instrument flight and night flying, while on the ground they studied navigation, meteorology, engines and armaments - even spending time in early flight simulators. By the end of the war, more than 2000 RAF cadets had trained at Terrell, cementing relations between Great Britain and the United States and forming lasting bonds with the citizens of Terrell.
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TOM KILLEBREW, a native of Dallas, Texas, received a master’s degree in history from the University of Texas at Arlington. A licensed private pilot, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and as an air intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He currently teaches American history at Navarro College and lives with his wife, Ann, in DeSoto, Texas.
"This is a nicely written and informative account of a forgotten segment of American involvement in World War II."--Journal of America's Military Past
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Book Description University of North Texas Pres, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111574411691
Book Description University of North Texas Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1574411691 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1616563
Book Description University of North Texas Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1574411691