The Control Tower

IMG_1949

Moving from training to doing, as we continue aviation week. In this c. 1945 photograph, WAVES talk to pilots from the flight control tower.

The photo was published in the WAVES Newsletter, and it comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Training Pilots

IMG_1593

Aviation week continues with this c. 1944 photograph of a Navy WAVE working the headsets on the Link flight simulation unit. She’ll use the microphone to help direct the pilot trainee and let him know if he is flying correctly or has “crashed.”

The photo comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

The Link Trainer

IMG_1591

Continuing in our “aviation week” theme, this photo shows an unidentified WAVE and Navy pilot trainee working with the Link instructor. The pilot is learning the skills of instrument flight.

The photo comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Aviation Week!

IMG_1590

We’re going to round out the month of October here at the Hinges of History blog with a look at WAVES in aviation.

This photo is of an unidentified WAVE sitting in the “cockpit” of a Link trainer, which was used to train Navy pilots in the skills of instrument flight.

It comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

The “Christmas Tree”

IMG_3370

Yes, we realize it’s only October and too early for Christmas decorations! But this “Christmas Tree” is a place where equipment is stored and organized. WAVE Mary Edna Miller headed there to grab some nuts and bolts in this 1943 photograph.

It’s by Ens. V. Jorgensen and it comes from the National Archives.