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Two cadets standing next to Stearman PT-17 planes during primary flight training at Dorr Field in Arcadia, Florida.
World War, 1939-1945
World War II
Aeronautics, Military--Study and teaching
Airplanes, Military--United States
Stearman PT-17 (Training plane)
Armed Forces--Training of
Air pilots, Military--Training of
The Stearman PT-17 was a fabric-covered biplane with two open cockpits and a 220 horsepower motor. The student sat in front and the instructor in back.
Accompanying note: "(L to R) Christy ?, David S. Breece."
Dorr Field, named after pilot Stephen Dorr Jr., was located 11 miles east of Arcadia. It was established during WWI to support flight training operations at nearby Carlstrom Field and subsequently closed at the end of the war. Dorr Field was reopened in 1942 by John Riddle and operated as a civilian contract school for training Army aviators. It was one square mile and had no runways. After WWII, both Carlstrom and Dorr Fields were sold to the State of Florida for a dollar. The site of Dorr Field was later reused as the site of the minimum security DeSoto County Correctional Institution.
Subject - Person
Subject - Corporate
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Two cadets standing next to Stearman PT-17 planes during primary flight training at Dorr Field in Arcadia, Florida. 1942 (circa). State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/157207>, accessed 11 December 2023.
Two cadets standing next to Stearman PT-17 planes during primary flight training at Dorr Field in Arcadia, Florida. 1942 (circa). State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/157207>