Army Fixed Wing Flight Training

December 29, 2009

This footage shows Army fixed wing flight training activities during a nine month period in 1968. The film was taken at Fort Stewart, GA and Fort Rucker, AL. Each training class was comprised of between 25-30 commissioned officers and distinguished by the color of their hats. This particular group of officers was known as the "Gold Hat" class. Initial scenes are of primary training at Ft. Stewart, where officers were taught basic flying skills in the Army’s T-41 Mescalero (a modified Cessna 172). Scenes at Ft. Stewart include footage of the Army’s T-41 training fleet at Wright Army Airfield (AAF) and pilots practicing takeoffs and landings on unimproved grass strips at Ft. Stewart. Advanced training at Fort Rucker was conducted in Army T-42 Beech Baron twin engine aircraft and the Cessna O-1 "Birddog" aircraft. The training pilots received in the Baron led to their multiengine and instrument ratings as Army pilots. The training in the "Dog" was tactical in nature and oriented towards preparing the new aviators for assignments upon graduation: a combat flying tour in Vietnam. There most would be flying the Birddogs in combat support activities such as reconnaissance, direction of artillery and naval gunfire, and forward air control. The T-42 footage shows officers being bused to Cairns AAF and activities from a typical training flight. In this sequence the pilot is receiving training flying with a hood and culminates the day’s training with an instrument approach to Cairns AAF. The Birddog footage is taken at several satellite fields at Fort Rucker. Pilots are seen practicing landings over fifty foot obstacles, preflight activities, low level flying (dead reckoning), and the film ends with a scene showing the completion of a tactical 360 degree overhead approach and landing in a Birddog. – Great to see a well documented movie. This home movie should be very interesting to those who were at Fort Stewart, Geortgia and Fort Rucker, Alabama in the late 1960’s.
thanks for the trip down memory lane. I was a Catkiller from March 1969 – March 1970. Became a Flight commander for the Tactics portion of the Bird Dog phase closing out the Bird Dog training in 1972. Thanks for the ride!

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8 Responses to “Army Fixed Wing Flight Training”

  1. kinniecalise on December 29th, 2009 3:24 am

    I have video of my …
    I have video of my dad’s first flight at Ft.Stewart! He was there before heading to Vietnam as a Mohawk pilot in 69. He loved the flight instructor at Ft.Stewart, I have pics of him, too.

  2. marikomikkelsonsd on December 29th, 2009 3:24 am

    Nice work. keep it …
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  3. 184RACnonstops on December 29th, 2009 3:24 am

    Thanks for the …
    Thanks for the memories…graduated with last class to complete the entire course in the L-19 birdog….finished in early 1967 in route to VN. Was Nonstop 34 out of Phu Loi…Had the opportunity to try everything we learned in flight school plus some…Thanks for the memories and the photo documentation of what our flight training was like…Will Cherish this one

  4. 184RACnonstops on December 29th, 2009 3:24 am

    Graduated in the …
    Graduated in the last class of student pilots to learn PRIMARY FLIGHT TRAINING in L-19 Birdog. We finished in early 1967 then all deployed to VN. I flew with the NONSTOPS. This video really brought back a lot of enjoyable memories…very good photography…wish it could be lighten in contrast in some areas….still great work
    thanks for the memories

  5. Hedhunter49 on December 29th, 2009 3:24 am

    Sure brings back …
    Sure brings back memories. Graduated August 70 and flew with the Headhunters in VN. If you ever come to Huntsville, look me up at 3M5. Have a very nice O1-E

    Thanks Much


  6. panoz100 on December 29th, 2009 3:24 am

    I think the guy in …
    I think the guy in the video was in my class at Stewart. I believe his name is Cpt Webster. Does anyone know the pilot”s name that is in the video?

  7. kentlineberry on December 29th, 2009 3:24 am

    “Mlineber” is my …
    “Mlineber” is my brother, and he speaks the truth, our father was there and it is really nice to see some images of what he saw. Thanks so much for posting this, and thanks to all the brave men and women who serve in our military.

  8. mlineber on December 29th, 2009 3:24 am

    My father was a …
    My father was a flight instructor during this time at Fort Rucker. Thanks for posting this!

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