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Vintage photos of:
July 1942. "These high school boys constructed this trainer plane, and the young man holding the stick is operating it. Note the instruments and control board. This is one phase of the aviation course offered boys at the Weequahic High School in Newark, New Jersey." Text in the cockpit: "Getting the Plane Off the Ground." Office of War Information, photographer unknown. View full size.