AIRCRAFT IN THE PHILIPPINES, DECEMBER 1941 - Douglas B-18A

 

AIRCRAFT IN THE PHILIPPINES, DECEMBER 1941 - Douglas B-18A

The air program of the Philippine Army, though its development was slow, met with few serious obstacles. The first Philippine Army airfield was built just outside of Manila, and by the time the first runway was completed three trainers were available for pilot training. This course was supplemented by courses in military flying and technical training given in the United States to selected air force students. By 1940 the Philippine Army Air Corps had about forty planes and one hundred trained pilots. Practice in light bombing and gunnery had been given, and the entire instructional system, General Eisenhower observed later, was "on a very sound basis."

 

 

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