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Vol. I—No. 6 U. s. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C. ' Saturday, October 24, 1942 5c a Copy New Cockpit Course Given to Cadets Students Learn About Plane ^ Special Message hr Navy Day (Tuesday, Oct. %7, will mark the 21st annual celebration of Navy Day, and the first ever observed in wartime. In keeping with the occasion, the follow- 'ing special Navy Day message is sent io all hands of the Pre-Flight School by the Hon. Josephus Daniels, Secre tary of the Navy during the first World War.—The Editor.) By Josephus Daniels Secretary of Navy, 1913-21 This Navy Day is celebrated as the Navy meets its most severe challenge on the seven seas. Gladly American youths are enlisting with the enthu siasm that has always been charac teristic of the men “who go down to the sea in ships.” This year they are not only furnishing unbeatable fight ers on the decks of fighting ships. They are also volunteering for service as aviators, “in the central blue.” The Navy that flies is as important as the Navy that sails. Both are essential, uniting with land forces, to win the sort of victories which have brought glory to the foremost Republic in the New World. Most of the inspiring slogans which have heartened our country in its glor ious naval history have been uttered by naval heroes. “We have just begun to fight,” was the reply of John Paul Jones when asked if he would surrender. “Don’t give up the ship,” was Law rence’s last command to his officers and men. “We have met the enemy and they are ours,” reported Perry from Lake Erie. “My country! In its intercourse with other nations may it always be in the right; but my country, right or wrong,” said Decatur. “Damn the torpedoes; go ahead,” Was the command of Farragut. “You may fire when you are ready, Gridley,” was Dewey’s order at the Battle of Manila Bay. The valor and high resolve, already noted for deathless deed in this war, is proof that the same spirit that ttioved John Paul Jones and the galaxy of naval heroes, animates the men of the Navy in this Armageddon. The spirit of the Navy of today, even more daring and ready, is ex pressed in these lines: “We didn’t want to fight, But, by Jingo, if we do, We’ve got the ships, we’ve got the men, We’ve got the money too.” I^laymakers Present Thriller The Carolina Playntiakers of the University will launch their 25th sea- with a production of “Arsenic and , smash-hit Broadway com- 30^ y Kesselring, on Oct. 29, ^ 31 in The Playmakers Theatre. fiv ^^^^^^kers offer a program of their season ticket sub- $2.26. Tickets are avail- Stnf at Ledbetter-Pickard’s maker^^-R Hall A Office, 209 Phillips forrv,' to any single ^ "lance is 85c. per- SHOWN RECEIVING cockpit instruction from Lieut. Richard King in the above picture are Cadets Robert S. Jackson, of Pawtucket, R. I., left, and Edward H. Hogan, of Jackson Heights, Long Island, N. Y. The Vought-Sikorsky observation plane upon which the instructor and students are perched is wingless at the moment and located outside Alexander Hall. Duke Orchestra to Play at Next Smoker^ Dance Follows for Officers, Crew, Guests Feature guest attraction at the sta- tation Smoker to be held in Woollen Gymnasium next Wednesday evening will be a student orchestra from Duke University, according to Lieut. Frank Gillespie, assistant welfare and recrea tion officer who is in charge of arrange ments for the program. Both the guest artists and the or chestra section of the Pre-Flight color ed band are scheduled to play after the Smoker at a special dance for the of ficers, crew, faculty, their wives, and guests, and it is hoped that a battle of bands will develop between the two music making groups. Cadets will not be able to attend the dance on account of taps as usual at 2130. It is hoped, states Lieut. Gillespie, that response to the dancing entertain- ment will be favorable, and that similar events may be provided for officers, crew, faculty and their guests after future Smokers. Time for the Smoker has been set back from 1900 to 1915, and all cadets are expected to be in their seats by 1915. In addition to the jumping jive, the Smoker program will contain an assort ment of entertainment, including box ing bouts, vocalists, group singing, and an “Original Variety Review,” star ring that Pagliaccio of satire, Cadet William J. P. O’Sullivan. Seeking laurels in other fields than the gridiron, the Cloudbuster football team will lend their “Pullman Car Songsters,” a vocalizing group of var sity players, to the program. Coming Events Oct. 24—Football game at Kenan Stadium, Cloudbuster ‘B’ team vs. Camp Davis. Kick-off at 1430. Oct. 24—Soccer game on drill field, Cloudbusters vs. High Point, starting at 1530. Oct. 24—Free movie at Village Theatre, “Two Yanks in Trinidad” with Pat O’Brien and Brian Donlevy. Feature begins at 1915 and 2055, Oct. 25—Free movie at Village Theatre, “Keep ’Em Flying” with Ab bott and Costello. Feature begins at 1300 and 1441. Oct. 28—Smoker in Woollen Gym, starting at 1915, followed by a dance for officers, crew, their wives, guests, and faculty members. Girl Friends, Smoking Taboo All cadets are reminded that girl friends and smoking are taboo at the free movies shown over the week-end at the Village Theatre. 16 More Officers Receive Promotions In addition to those previously re ported promoted in these pages, 16 other junior grade lieutenants have added another half stripe and are now ranked as full lieutenants. The new double stripers are: G. E. Allen, John J. Boyd, C. C. Bream, Jr., Donald P. Chalmers, Ivan W. Fuqua, Frank L. Gillespie, Jerome P. Ginley, G. D. Kepler, George L. McGaughey, Ei’nest L. Messikomer, George F. Neilan, Thomas A. Slusser, Jr., Ray mond A. Snyder, Charles R. Soleau, John H. Vaught, and Thurman R. Ward. Invitation to Harvard Men The Harvard men of Chapel Hill are inviting all Harvard men of the Pre- Flight School to an informal get-to gether starting at 1630 on Sunday af ternoon, Oct. 25, in the faculty club room of the Carolina Inn. Secretary of the Harvard Club of North Carolina, Prof. Hugo Giduz, asks that this notice be considered as a personal invitation. Instruments and Controls Cadets of the Pre-Flight School are moving a little closer to ac tual flying with the introduction of a new course in “Cockpit In struction” which will be given to all cadets before they move on to the Reserve Bases. The classroom for this course will be the cockpit of the Vought-Sikorsky 03U3 Navy biplane which was re cently moved aboard the station. The officer in charge of the course is Lieut. Richard King, assisted by Lieut. Edward A. Monaghan. The course has been introduced at the Pre-Flight School to ac quaint the cadets with the various aircraft instruments and con trols so that the transition to flying experiences will be less abrupt and strange. <$ — While, formerly, cadets reaching the Reserve Bases had several weeks before taking to the air—weeks in which to become familiar with planes on the “apron,” their cockpits, instruments, and general operation— cadets now are flying during their first week at the flight base and often with in 48 hours after their arrival. Hence, it was deemed advisable to provide the cadets here with as much information as possible regarding the cockpit and instruments of the planes they will fly, in order that valuable flying time at the base will not be sacrificed. It is believed that with the cadets leaving this station feeling a bit at home in the cockpit of a plane, more confident and relaxed, there will be less of a tendency to tighten up on the con trols. Often when a person climbs for the first time into a cockpit with which he is unfamiliar and in which he is anx ious to make good, he tends to grab the controls as if to lift the plane off the ground by sheer strength alone. Commendable as is this desire to make good, nevertheless this over-eagerness, accompanied by a tightening up on the controls, is an important cause for wash-outs. By bringing this to the attention of the cadets and by mak ing them feel at home in a cockpit, this tendency to tighten up should disap pear—or be measurably decreased. For the time being the course is de signed to give Pre-Flight cadets only the fundamentals. Later on when in coming battalions who have had pre vious flight training reach Chapel Hill, the course may be advanced to cover some of the more intricate instru ments. The 03U3 is now located next to Alexander Hall but will shortly be moved to a location in the rear of Cald well Hall. Plans have been drawn for a building to house the plane in com pletely assembled condition. Addi tional equipment including a parachute and complete flotation gear will be added later. As part of the “hangar,” there will be a connecting room con taining models of all domestic and for eign planes, American, English, French, Italian, German and Japanese ships together with scale models of the motorized Army units of the United States and Germany. In addition vari ous training devices will be set up therein. The temporarily wingless plane be ing used for cockpit instruction has seen much service since its delivery to the Navy on May 20, 1933. The plane was based at N. A. S. San Diego for quite a time, being first flown out there by Lieut. Tom Hamilton, now Comdr. Hamilton, in charge of the Naval aviation physical fitness pro gram. While attached to units of the Fleet the plane was catapulted for dive bombing, observation, scouting, target towing, and squadron tactics. While with the Fleet it was once severely damaged while landing in a heavy sea off San Clemente but N.A.S. San Diego managed to patch it up for further service. Most planes after nine years of service would be unceremoniously relegated to the scrap heap but in many ways the most important work for 03U3 No. 9320 is just beginning. There will be few planes in this war that will x-eceive the concentrated at tention of almost 2000 naval aviation cadets a month. Lieut. King, officer in charge of cockpit instruction, received his flying license back in 1931 and has kept his license active during most of the inter vening years. He organized the first intercollegiate flying club years before there was any C.A.A. Civilian Pilot Training Program, was a frequent participant in intercollegiate and oth er air meets in the East and Middle West and is a member of several of the national aeronautical organizations. Lieut. Managhan, who will do much of the teaching, is an aviation psy chologist of the Bureau of Medicine & Surgery who was with the Navy some time before Pearl Harbor. On his own he managed to get some flying time which he hopes to increase here while not actually teaching. For all cadets the guiding principle of cockpit instruction will be, learn all you can about flying before you reach the Reserve Base and when in a cock pit—Relax. There will be no tests or quizzes in this course—these will come at the Reserve Base and a failure may mean—wash-out. Group of 66 Cadets Sent to Flight Bases The Pre-Flight training phase of the naval aviation program ended for 66 more cadets transferred yesterday to six flight bases. Eight of the group were sent to Lakehurst, N. J., for lighter-than-air training, while 15 were transferred to the Naval Reserve Air Base at Minne apolis, Minn., 14 to Memphis, Tenn., 12 to Peru, Ind., 12 to Squantum, Mass., and five to Philadelphia, Pa.