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Posted 19 January 2019 - 05:52 PM
Here is a nice greenback for Bell Air Craft. A hard one to find!
During World War II, Bell also built heavy bombers under license from other aircraft companies at a factory near Marietta, Georgia, just northwest of Atlanta. Online by mid-1943, the new plant produced hundreds of Consolidated B-24 Liberators and Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers. In mid-1944, the production of the B-24 was consolidated from several different companies (including some in Texas) to two large factories: the Consolidated Aircraft Company in San Diego and the Ford Motor Company's spawling factory in Willow Run, near Detroit, Michigan, which had been specially designed to produce B-24s. For the rest of the war, Bell's Marietta plant, under the management of James V. Carmichael concentrated on producing B-29s, producing 668 of them by the time contract expired in the fall of 1945. Bell ranked 25th among United States corporations in the value of wartime production contracts
Posted 20 February 2019 - 01:32 AM
Erie Proving Ground
Erie Proving Ground is a decommissioned United States Army facility. Originally a camp to train gunners, the facility's foundation was due to the Spanish–American War's lack of skilled riflemen. The facility was located in Ottawa County, Ohio. The facility was established in 1918 originally as Camp Perry Proving Ground. The facility was at various times named Erie Ordnance Depot and Erie Army Depot. During World War II over 5,000 people ended up being employed there. The employed people were testing various weapon systems, armor, and such during World War II. During peacetime it served as a storage, maintenance, and repair facility. Erie Proving Ground closed in January 1967.
The former Erie Army Depot is a formerly used defense site located in Carroll Township, Ottawa County, Ohio.
The former Erie Army Depot (EAD) was an artillery and air-defense artillery proving ground facility from 1918 to 1965. Plans for closure of EAD began in 1965 with final base closure in 1967. In 1967, the property ownership was transferred to the Community Improvement Corporation of Ottawa County and has since been subdivided and transferred to several private parties. The former EAD lake impact area that is adjacent to EAD is an active munitions impact area in Lake Erie used by the National Guard facility and private industry.
Congress established the Defense Environmental Restoration Program/Formerly Used Defense Site (DERP/FUDS) program to clean up properties that were under the jurisdiction of the Secretary and owned, leased, or possessed by the United States and transferred from Department of Defense (DoD) control prior to Oct. 17, 1986. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) manages the FUDS program.
Posted 20 February 2019 - 02:21 AM
I simply cannot believe that this thread has almost 65,500 views so far!
Posted 27 February 2019 - 06:44 AM
Here is an all blue AMP patch. WWII period, merrowed edge. Nice variation....not sure if I have seen more than 2-3 of these over the years.
Posted 03 March 2019 - 10:32 AM
Posted 15 March 2019 - 03:02 PM
There are two variations on this and I was able to add this one to my collection today.
Lodwick School of Aeronautics.
In 1940, aviation executive Albert Lodwick purchased an interest in the Lincoln (NE) Flying School and moved its operations from Lincoln, Nebraska to Lakeland, Florida. He renamed the school the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, later the Lodwick School of Aeronautics, and established its headquarters at the Lakeland Municipal Airport. A year later he established the Lodwick Aviation Military Academy in nearby Avon Park, Florida. Both schools were civilian operations under contract to the Army to provide primary flight training to army air force cadets.
The Lodwick Aviation Military Academy closed in at the end of October 1944 and the Lodwick School of Aeronautics closed in August 1945. More than 5000 flight cadets entered the Lodwick Aviation Military Academy and 3400 graduated. More than 8000 cadets entered the Lodwick School of Aeronautics, with just over 6000 successfully completing the training. Of those, 1,327 were British Royal Air Force cadets who received training at the Lodwick School of Aeronautics in 1941 and 1942.
In their spare time, of which they had little, cadets at both schools produced yearbooks and newspapers, of which a very few survived. This collection includes four “yearbooks” from the Lodwick School of Aeronautics and two from the Lodwick Aviation Military Academy, as well as a few “newspapers” from the Lodwick School of Aeronautics published in 1944 and 1945. The yearbooks list the members of each class, their hometown, and the college they attended, if any. The first yearbook published at the Lodwick School of Aeronautics was entitled Propwash, with subsequent issues of the yearbooks and the newspaper entitled Solo Land.
Posted 22 March 2019 - 08:47 AM
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