Central Coast Aviators in World War II
Based on the book “Central Coast Aviators in World War II,” this course describes local aviation history that began with the first flight over San Luis Obispo in 1910. That history includes aviators Harriet Quimby and Amelia Earhart, Cal Poly’s renowned aeronautics department and two local dairy families, the McChesneys and the Righettis. Wartime brought aviation training to Cal Poly, Hancock Field and to the P-38 airfield that is today’s Santa Maria Airport. The class will also offer profiles of several wartime aviators: a B-24 radioman who was shot down twice, two local Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs); an Atascadero resident who was a Luftwaffe test pilot, an Arroyo Grande B-17 flight engineer who saved his crippled aircraft, and young pilots—22 was a typical age for a bomber pilot—who endured some of the most terrifying combat of the war.
DATES: Self-Paced: Available March 1, 2021
MODE OF DELIVERY: Asynchronus - online video
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Gregory - www.arroyograndehistory.com
QUESTIONS: Contact instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Meet the instructor|
|Jim Gregory taught history for thirty years at Mission Prep and at his alma mater, Arroyo Grande High School. He was Lucia Mar’s Teacher of the Year in 2010, is a Cuesta College Honored Alumnus and a recipient of the History Center of San Luis Obispo County’s Preservation Award for his scholarship. He is the author of five books on county history: “World War II Arroyo Grande,” “Patriot Graves,” “San Luis Obispo County Outlaws,” “Central Coast Aviators in World War II,” and “Will This Be on the Test?”|