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Life At Corpus Christi Naval Air Station In 1942

 Before the outbreak of World War II, the US Navy realized that it didn’t have the adequate training facilities to deal an emergency demand for new pilots, and that’s when Corpus Christi Naval Air Station came into being. More than 35,000 aviators graduated from there, including President George H.W. Bush. These color photos, taken in 1942, depict Navy cadets and members assembling, repairing and training with a variety of aircraft:
 
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Boeing-Stearman Model 75 primary land planes.
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Virginia David, a riveter in the naval base's assembly and repair department, supervises a trainee.
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Aviation Ordnanceman, Jesse Rhodes Waller, tries out a machine gun newly fitted to a Navy plane.
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Elmer J. Pace, a trainee, learns how to construct naval planes at the base.
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Two employees work a cutting machine. 
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This lady is reconditioning spark plugs for a plane engine. 
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Another shot of a new machine gun being tested. 
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Mildred Webb, another trainee, learns the ins and outs of a cutting machine. 
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A cadet jumps into his plane.
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A cowler works on the tail of a plane.
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A supervisor is pictured on the right. Her job was to find convenient and comfortable accommodation for the base's female workers. 
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Eloise J. Ellis, a senior supervisor in the assembly and repairs department, keeps a close watch on the workers.
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Ensign Noressey and Cadet Thenics pose for a photograph.
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Munitions are loaded onto a plane.
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A new machine gun finds its new home in a PBY plane.
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A navy veteran displays one of the biggest machine guns that the Navy used in its aircraft. 
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Former office worker, Irma Lee McElroy, paints an insignia onto a wing. 
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Aviation cadets in training. 
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A training plane gets refueled by two sailor mechanics. 
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A cadet smiles as he clambers into his plane. 
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