Historic Photos of the 63rd AAF FTD – Part I

Charles Wallace, Robert Schwanbeck, E.J. Seterich, E.J. Siminski, Edward or Jon Rex, Capt Brett
Keep ‘Em Flying photo of some of the class of 1942-D on Oct. 24, 1941, soon after their arrival as the first cadet class at Douglas. Note that the school was operated by the Raymond-Brinckerhoff Aviation Company at that time.

Entrance to Raymond-Richardson Aviation Company School
Entrance to the 63rd Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment and the Raymond-Richardson Aviation Company. A guard post stands before the Administration Building and barracks. Photo taken in about 1942.

Cadets class of 1943C at Downtown Douglas
A “V” for Victory formed by the Cadet class of 1943C.

Cadets pose before their PT-17 trainer.

Mess Hall
Mess Hall from the 1943 63rd AAFFTD Yearbook.

Canteen from the 1943 63rd AAFFTD Yearbook.

A view from the airfield toward the base
A view from the airfield back toward the barracks area

Viewing the hangars
Viewing the hangars and flight tower

Cadets in formation behind the headquarters (administration) building

Ping Pong at Barracks
Cadets play table tennis inside one of the porches of the barracks

Go on to Historic Photos – Part II.