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Vol. 1 No. 24
SEYMOUR JOHNSON FIELD, N. C.
Mcnr 29, 1943
New Obstacle Course
8 Sfft. Jolm BroOers (foreground) and Cpl. Olenn WUUasu try the UAt wire act which Is Included as part of the new RaDgerC(m-
mando type ebstaole course for Seymour Jelm Field OIs. Brothers and WuUatna don’t plan on slipping--they’re too far dl the grotmd.
lure at right shows WUUame demonstrating the HliMhi Rope trick Is part of the course. The trick Is to get tqp the nv^Jisu you wait and
PX Opens Outdoor
Garden on Post
The only thing lacklhg in the ef>^
fiolal opening last Wednesday
Bight of the first ’'outdoor garden"
at S^mour Johnson Field was ah
array of pretty girls. Outside of
that. U had everytUig that the
Bl^tclubs in Obioigo, New Terk
and Ftdllle have.
The garden, located alongside
Poet Exchange No. 1, sports many
facilities that promise a good place
for comply relaxatkm and fun.
juke boxes are available for mu
sic and plans are being made for
musical uidts to entertain several
nigiite a week.
Accordihf-to Captain David 8ap-
erstcne.' this, place la a real "get
toother spoi." Zf a fellow wants to
ajoy a bottle of "Budwelser," he
can do It over a table. Real man
to man conversaUons can be car
ried out sipping beer, cokes o r
eettng Ice cream while sitting com-
fortabley at one of the many tables
and benicbee provided.
Anything la allowed to be taken
eut Into this garden." Bowever. It
(Continued on Page Five)
Makes Big ffit
K^lzw ^t^ pi^ perform
ances, the 8. O, Camp 8bow8|
latest presentation at Seymour
Johnson l-1eld, FLTZNO COLORS,
played to a mammoth audience
last night at TheatOT No. 1. The
group will eloee out tonight when
they give the. second and last show
at theater and those wln> dcm’t
squirm their way In to see it are
missing a bang • im, uproarious,
tunefllled comedy w.
Mbsterfm terpslchoresn dl^lays
were given by various atars and
the catchy songs and comedy
spurts kept the Enlisted Men, Of
ficers and Uigir guests In a merry
frame of mind throughout the eve
ning. The men of Seymour John
son Field again themr the V. B.|
O. for another fine Broadway show!
which they have made poaslble fori
us to see. . . |
' To Publish
With this issue your' Alr-O-
Mech cunes to you In brand new
format-Hprlnted witlv regular
newsp^r type. The paper pre
viously had been published ay
R^roducUon here on the llgld.
but because of the press of work
It became no longer feasible an
agreement was made with the
Raleigh Times, whl^ wlO hence*
forU* publish the Alr-O-Meoh.
The staff of the peper wlahes
to thank Lt. C^er Bl. BUs,
Jr., and members of the Repro
duction Division for tbs woric
tbey have done for the Atr-O-
Mech. Although regular
will be published by the Raleigb
Times, special editions may oc
casionally be publlkbed by-*Re-
The staff also hopes you wlD
like the new style Alr-D-Meob,
and that you will find the hew
features much to your Uldng. It
win Include more news, features,
pictures and a regular news
Further Improvements wiO be
added to succeeding issues.
A ^Ical hangar scene won for
Cpl. James Pace of Hqs ft ais
Squadron toe mural contest spon-
s(»ed by m Main PX * .
Pace was announced winner this
week by Oapt. David A. Sapper-
stone. Exchange Officer. Be w 111
receive $16 in war stamps.
Cpl. Francis W. Broua^. also of
Hqs. Ji Hqs. took second place ami
won $10. Third prise went to Pfe.
R. Harlow of the llto Academic.
He woo $6
Axhong those who won honorable
mention, and will be presented
Continued on Page Five)
Course Is No
Oh. woe b me I
Brother, brother. Brother You
aboiild see toat new ‘Ranger Ob
stacle Course” which pturslcal
training has crastructed in t b e
woods adjacent to toe old one
Oombintog toe more wicked fea
tures of toe n. 8. Ranger and
British ' Commando conditioning
tracks. It possesses tamovatlons
which sre said to be In use only at
Officers say It wlU be ready tor
use “any week now."
Built from scrap lumber and ca
bles, the ' $50-yard course was
planned by Lt. Charles Barteu^
of " Physical Training. ‘Tt b de
signed primarily for A. M. students
In toelr last SO days of training,"
said toe Lieutenant.
"It requires a maximum of itoy-
sical endurance and efficiency and
might barm an. untrained man. If
a soldier does not feel up to It we
plan to delay hb attemptoig
course by putting him In *wnni«>e
group until he has' obtained a de-
gree of atamlna and skin conuben-
surate to the course. Tte coarse
requires the same akllb -ffs toe
jnata coarse, otflymore so. Bal
ance. for one tlung, b stressed
more than ever."
The Lieutenant said valuable
suggestions lor toe course came
from Lt. Col. Franeob D’ShKni,
fonne^ director of P. T. at New
York tfnlverslty and now teacher
of tactics to U. 8.-Rangers In Aus-
tralb. ' !
The course starts with a de
ceptively easy S foot high fence
jump and b closely followed by a
“low elbow- crawl*' which b 40 foot
long and b under a camouflaged
cover 94 tnohee from the. ground. •
I .Then comes toe ef a
foot ‘ high log pUe. The logs arc
loosely arrange and eubiMt to
movement and dbloeatloo under
Barbed Wire ■ataaglMDsnl
Bight-hundred equare feet of
barbed wire cntanglcanoit next
confronts yon. and you will find
that toe onlv way you can ne-
Post Bond Drive
Paging Private Hargrove!
.Any Bonds today? The days in
which -you can contribute toward
toe Field drive of selling enough
War stamps and bonds to equal
toe price of a P-49 pursuit bomb
er are numbered. To date $90,000
has been collected.
The mock-P-40. outside toe Air
O Mech office was removed by or-
dere from Headquarters, however,
toe bond drive will not bait until
goUate tob Is
on your back l _
(Ctmtinued .cn 'Page Fite)
and Ufti^ the wire
Nine Enlisted Men
Nine enlisted men ot Hqs A Hqs
Squadron thb week received pro-
motlcoa to the next highest grade.
The men, with their new rank,
are as follows:
T-Sgts. Harold Beekbolt. John J.
Bartoslmd Frank B. FhUb; S-8gt.
Devon Bergengren. Sgta. Robert 8.
Finlay and uenry Bander, and
Cpls. OUbert OrlMer, Bctoert E.
Hooks ami Albert R. Bbberts.
I-4’s Only Flying Ship Becomes War Casualty
Here in the wilds of "Hender
son Field" nature gees serenely
on. undbturbed by hundreds of
Brooklyn woodsmen, roaring air
craft engines, careening motor
cycles and a clattering Cle-trac.
AmkUt thb turmoU two bluebirds
went qubtly about their buslnese,
undbturbed by the 1-4 training
program. Preecntly a little tdue-
birfl occi ■ - •• •
I occopiad toelr asst but not
While still In pre-flight train
ing the little etoiped wing >eb
chirped gayly one day and tom
steitoed boldly from hb nest for
premature test hop. It’s bard to
say what caused the drack-up.
Maybe hb engine conked* or pos
sibly he didn’t use enough flap
OR hb approach. At any rate be
wound up In a very ungraceful
spin, pulling out just In time to
prevent a complete warfumt. As
It was. toe only daOuige was
a slightly bent up landing gear.
Test For Air lleete .
Here was an opportunity tor
I‘4’8 .pdmMit tnstnieton to prove
that they could take a cracked
up flyings matoine and put It back
Into toe air. MenowtiUe, by tb^
adoption of tob Wounded featliccr-
bluebird. thb laprovlssd
nest ptaeed atop tbs- braoto’s
who Uve in fame or po down In
flame. stUl possess a oertain
amount of the.fatoSkly inettnet.
A dUearded junction box from
an old A-90, a handful of dry
pine neodles from undw the
boadquarters shack was aQ tt iock
to qubkly fatobn a wartime
taouetog imit for one (each) balv
warm ampUfbr unit, maln-
tenanoe work was begtm on toe
damaged bird. Repair procedure
consbted of a few worms and a
few drops of water injected Into
the' intake system every twur on
Overhaul wtM went atong
nicely for ten days and eveiy
mechanio agrshd that thb fusw,
chirping ahto would certainly soar.
Mce more. But no one reckoned
with Mr. Thomas, tos -btonoh
Thomas ^ slant eyes and tbb-
featuie akme bade him a obar*'
aotar to bs watohed cloeelF for
sabotags. Instead, be was per
mitted to sit quietly In a comer
licking hb and ikaep^ a
watchful eye on hb objeettve
wblto was growing latter with
turait TUI vKiAw
-Tonite the nsst b empty: The-,
slaat eyed oat esnoot be found.
Together those two faets add up
to' enmny aetks. OhO tt poor
**"**uftngT or cnD It ttMttlaent
guard duty, but too tut tunutow
that I-4's only flytuf llilp b new
a easoalty of tw.