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Cadet Flight Training at Encampment

posted Jun 22, 2014, 8:02 PM by Ray Schnell
73 years ago Army Air Cadets assembled on historic Camden Woodward Field, where their entire aviation careers were based on their ability to solo an airplane within 8-12 hours.  Aviation Legend Colonel Robert Morgan received his initial training at Camden,as a pilot he went on to lead the first bomber crew through 25 missions for the 8th Air Force in the European theater during WWII.   For the second year in a row two Air Force Auxiliary - Civil Air Patrol cadets returned Camden Woodward Field to its roots as they were able to take to the skies independently with their instructor sitting patiently on the ground watching their takeoff and landings; they had indeed soloed.  

While other of SC Wing's cadets were experiencing leadership and aerospace basics at Encampment Cadet Colonel David Eudy and Cadet Lt. Anthony Wayland ate an early breakfast and departed to Camden, SC to attempt to achieve solo flight. The cadets were instructed on safety, basic aerodynamics, principals of flight, control, normal and emergency situations.  The cadets endured hot afternoons filled with crazy swirling winds and updrafts that make glider pilots envious to achieve their goal, kicking their instructor out of the airplane. 

By Wednesday morning the cadets had established their ability to fly without the instructor, meet the Federal Aviation Administration and Civil Air Patrol requirements and were able to make three cycles in the traffic pattern solo to mark their achievement.  After solo, their instructor, Lt. Col. Chris Peterson performed the legendary tradition by removing their shirt tails - a tradition that dates back to the 1910's.  In the early era of aviation, the instructor would tug on the scarf to initiate communications with the student who sat in front of them in tandem cockpits in the days before intercoms.  Legend has it, that instructors cut the long flying scarfs indicating the student no longer needed instructions from their teacher.  Furthermore, the pilot without the scarf was an indication of a solo - student pilot alone in the pattern for their first time for other aircraft to avoid.

Lets welcome C/Col. David Eudy and C/Lt. Anthony Wayland to the club of legendary pilots!

Information provided by Lt Col Chris Peterson.
Ray Schnell,
Jun 22, 2014, 8:02 PM
Ray Schnell,
Jun 22, 2014, 8:24 PM