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  1. ok.. I was hoping I could somehow digitally scan them.., then do a 'reverse' in a photo software to get the 'print' out of them.
  2. I recently acquired close to 80 negative prints.., they look like slides.., larger.., but they have the 'negative' image on them. Anyone know how I can get these scanned into a decent photo?
  3. please visit my two sites. www.330th.org and https://www.flickr.com/photos/330thbg/sets/72157636802029913 Anything you need from here.. let me know and i'll email you higher resolution docs. Good Luck!!
  4. Beautiful job on these. Many thanks for sharing!!!
  5. Great photos!!! I loved this SLICK CLEAN P-51!! What an awesome show!
  6. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ny330bg/airfields.htm Here are CAP Raymond B. Smisek (A/C) (L) and 1LT Robert Woolson (P), both of K-29, looking over the latest posted orders. This was taken in July 1945 at North Field, Guam. The B-29, (K-29) was part of the 314th Bomb Wing/330th Bomb Group/458th Bomb Squadron.
  7. Here are Smisek (A/C) (L) and Woolson (P), both of K-29, looking over the latest posted orders. This was taken in July 1945. Photo taken from http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ny330bg/airfields.htm
  8. Reading Airshow was absolutely spectacular. Can not complain. They did a wonderful job and have the crowd control, movement, logistics.., etc.. down to a science. Hats off to them!!!! Here is a shot I recreated with my two sons and a PT-13. On the right, is my father (tall skinny guy) which was taken exactly 74 Years prior to the day as his first flight in a PT-13 at Cal-Aero in California. My two young boys were very excited about everything at the show. Great stuff!!!
  9. I recently came across a bunch of photos from my father's time at this Airfield in early 1942. Some interesting things were going on there back in 1942. Dad was here from 23 March - 1 May 1942. Twenty nine Palms Air Academy would begin training around Jan. 1, 1942, to be followed, two weeks later, by a class of 18. Instruction was to last four weeks, and thereafter, classes of 24 each were to be enrolled every two weeks until 126 students had been trained. The training represents the first definite step toward adoption experimentally of the use of gliders in the way motorless planes that have been employed by the Germans. The Germans had been the first to use gliders in warfare, overtaking Fort Eben-Emael, a Belgian fortress, on May 10, 1940, leading to the subsequent capture of three important bridges. The Germans also used gliders in their invasion and seizure of the Greek island of Crete. Those successes led Britain and Japan to begin glider programs, followed by the U.S. The students in this new glider program would be air force officers selected from volunteers among pilot training instructors. The object of these schools was to turn out soaring pilots, not aerial truck drivers, and the early Army trainees ended up as accomplished sailplane soarers. The glider school was privately owned and would be operated by F.R. Whyers, a Pasadena civilian contractor, under air corps supervision. The 17th Army Air Force Field Training Detachment, 6th Army Air Force Glider Training Detachment operated at the school. This would be the third glider school to be operated for Army pilots, the others in Elmira, N.Y. and Lockport, Ill. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and the U.S. was thrust into war, within six months, the demand for trained glider pilots jumped from the small pre-war cadre of 126 to 6,000. Instruction, including ground school, began for the first class of pilots on Jan. 18, 1942. The gliders were towed on aircraft – or cars then they would cut loose to sail on their own. Some pilots were able to catch the perfect thermal that enabled them to soar to heights of almost 20,000 feet. To the USAAF, sailplane thinking prevailed. By being able to soar - gain altitude on rising air currents - and therefore stay up longer on a given flight, the student would conceivably receive more instruction per flight. It was not long, however, before the military woke up to the fact that troop gliders were not simply bigger sailplanes that made long straight glides into enemy territory. They were, rather, low-performance trailers that had to be towed to a point almost directly over the landing area, and once over the designated spot, the real piloting skills necessary to reach the ground quickly in one piece, took over, if one wanted to survive. Sailplanes, with their long flat glides in the range of 20 or 30 to one, plus their entirely different handling characteristics, were of little value in familiarizing pilots with troop carrying gliders. Further, they were not really an efficient vehicle for turning out skilled pilots quickly. As a consequence, the sailplane trainers were abandoned as soon as sufficient quantities of the CG-4A ‘Waco’ were available for advanced training. In the interim, several advanced training bases were established: Bergstrom, Dalhart and Lubbock, TX, Bowman, KY, Fort Sumner, NM, Greenville, SC, Lockbourne, OH, Stuttgart, AR and Victorville, CA. A major percentage of glider pilots were graduated from South Plains Army Air Base at Lubbock, TX. https://www.flickr.com/photos/330thbg/sets/72157651906194384
  10. Here are some much higher resolution scans if anyone needs them. https://www.flickr.com/photos/330thbg/15409417071/in/album-72157648242424662/
  11. Dad received Glider Training at 29 Palms in 1942. He was a powered pilot, but they pulled several hundred pilots to train a massive Glider Force envisioned by Hap Arnold for the Army. https://www.flickr.com/photos/330thbg/sets/72157648242424662 Scroll down into this album a few photos and there is Dad and his TG-2. There were plenty of bombardiers who were once either pilots or being trained as pilots. The USAAF would frequently just take an entire class of pilots and make them gunners or bomardiers.., or what ever else they needed at the time to fill vacancies. Everyone wanted to be a PILOT.., so the USAAF had plenty to chose from.
  12. Recently updated them with higher def scans.., if anyone wants a copy of any of these, please advise. the330thbg@gmail.com Cheers and hope to see some of you this weekend in Reading., PA!!! https://www.flickr.com/photos/330thbg/sets/72157653440067158 https://www.flickr.com/photos/330thbg/sets/72157648242424662
  13. OK.. great.., makes sense as they were on their way to Cal Aero.. just did not know what ACTD was.. Thanks!!!
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