Tuesday, July 22, 2008

United States Marine Corps Glider Pilot Training - Parris Island 1942

Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States.

Alfred T. Palmer was one of those photographers. He took these pictures in May 1942 at the Glider Pilot Training Center at Page Field, Parris Island, South Carolina. The following are a sample of some of the 100's of pictures he took during this period. These photographs are now preserved at the Library of Congress.


Marine statue at Parris Island, South Carolina, known as "Iron Mike" by recruits.

Marine lieutenants studying glider piloting at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C.

Marine glider at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C.

Marine glider in training at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C.

Marine power plane which tows the training gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C.

2 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

At some point you'd think that I'd get over it, but I am still astounded at how vivid and "new" these vintage photos are! Super cool.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

I agree Major, absolutely amazing. I have some from Lincoln NE coming up soon.