Making Model Airplanes in World War II

Last week, I read an interesting article in the April issue of Flight Journal ( about how high school kids built model airplanes in 1942 and 1943. The models were used for aircraft recognition training for pilots and others during WWII.

I had never heard of this before, so I asked my dad (Arnold) if he had participated in this and he said that he did during his sophomore year of high school. He built two models, and one was good enough to be accepted.

I don’t want to give away the whole story, because it isn’t on Flight Journal’s website yet — the magazine just came out on the newsstands. It’s a great magazine, so run out and buy one! And no, they aren’t paying me to say that.

I’ll start posting more of Chapter 2 next week, including the story of how my parents met. In an airplane, of course.

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