Collings Foundation To Hold B-24 Bomber Crew Camp | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.08.16

Airborne 02.09.16

Airborne 02.03.16

Airborne 02.04.16

Airborne 02.05.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 02.08.16

Airborne 02.09.16

Airborne 02.03.16

Airborne 02.04.16

Airborne 02.05.16

Mon, May 17, 2010

Collings Foundation To Hold B-24 Bomber Crew Camp

A Summer Adventure Back In Time

The Collings Foundation is offering a very unique two-day "training program" in which participants will train for and fly a simulated WWII bombing mission. This is WWII Bomber School 101. Attendees will learn what is needed to properly function in the role of Navigator, Radio Operator, Gunner, Flight Engineer and Bombardier aboard the Collings Foundation's B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft".

The United States Army Air Forces was the military aviation arm of the United States of America during and immediately after World War II. The direct precursor to the United States Air Force, its peak size was over 2.4 million men and women in service and nearly 80,000 aircraft in 1944. There were 783 domestic air bases in December 1943. By VE Day the Air Corps had 1.25 million men stationed overseas and operated from more than 1,600 airfields worldwide. The Air Corps became the Army Air Forces in June 1941, providing the air arm greater autonomy in which to expand more efficiently, and to provide a structure for the additional command echelons required by a vastly increased force.

The WWII Crew Fantasy Camp experience will be similar to what a new recruit might have gone through during WWII, the "Readers Digest" version of the AAFSAT (Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics). The first segment of the training includes familiarization of the B-24J Liberator inside and out, including what it takes to keep the Liberator operational and effective. Participants will study the roll and duty of every crew position. Navigators will learn how to properly read aviation maps and get the bomber to target using WWII methods, while Bombardiers will learn how to operate the Norden bombsight and when to punch the button on the "pickle" to drop the bombs. And the bombsight is fully functional.
 
Gunners will learn all the skills needed to be an effective aerial gunner. Initial training starts with being able to properly target a moving object (skeet shooting), maintain and properly operate the machine guns in each position and knowing how to operate the nose, tail and ball turrets (if you can fit into these positions).

On mission day, mission papers will be distributed to the crew and each will be given an assignment. The crew will climb aboard "Witchcraft" and fly to the enemy, fire blank 50 cals. out the waist gun, drop the bomb load on target, and get back to base safely.

The camp will be held in Concorde, CA June 2-3. Day one will include basic training, aircraft procedures and aircraft familiarization. Day two will include target mission briefing and the bomb run.

FMI: www.collingsfoundation.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 02.05.16: Collier Trophy Noms, NJ Homeowner Nonsense, Flight Design USA

Also: A-10 Survives, The Essential Aero-Community, Miami Seaplanes, ERAU WACO, Jeppesen Leadership, ADS-B Kickstarter, Guilty Non-Pilot The National Aeronautic Association announce>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.08.16)

“Rig’N Fly procedures are of the utmost importance to ensure reliable operations and the safest flight conditions possible, and this is an area where Airbus Helicopters>[...]

Aero-TV: Aviator Sean O’Donnell – A Love For Flight Has No Limits

What's Holding YOU Back From Your Dream Of Flight? While at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, shares a conversation with us that he had >[...]

Klyde Morris (02.08.16)

Klyde's Got The Super Bowl Blues... FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

Navy's UAV Could Be A Tanker

Carrier-Based Unmanned Gas Station Might Be Result Of X-47B Program While there was much speculation about the ultimate role for the Navy's unmanned X-47B aircraft that demonstrate>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC