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Фоторепортаж из 1942 года. Авиабаза в Техасе

Кадры были сделаны на авиабазе ВМС США Корпус-Кристи фотографом Говардом Р. Холлеммом, который работал в Управлении военной информации. Информационное агентство было создано президентом Рузвельтом вскоре после вступления США в войну. Задачей было продвигать патриотическую пропаганду, предоставляя новостным агентствам фотографии и фильмы о военных действиях правительства.
Фотографии были сделаны на пленке Kodachrome в то время, когда цветная фотография была относительно новой, то есть приходилось позировать в течение некоторого времени. И хотя картинки были постановочные, все присутствующие на фото персонажи не были артистами - военный персонал готовился к боевым действиям.

Aviation Cadet Thanas inspects an airplane engine in the photos taken by photohrapher Howard R. Hollemm

Aviation Cadet Thanas inspects an airplane engine in the photos taken by photohrapher Howard R. Hollemm

Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis, senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Dept. of the Naval Air Base, talking with one of the men, Corpus Christi, Texas

Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis, senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Dept. of the Naval Air Base, talking with one of the men, Corpus Christi, Texas

A sailor at the Naval Air Base wears the new type protective clothing and gas mask designed for use in chemical warfare, in Corpus Christi, Texas, in August of 1942

A sailor at the Naval Air Base wears the new type protective clothing and gas mask designed for use in chemical warfare, in Corpus Christi, Texas, in August of 1942

Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repair department of the Naval Air Base, supervises Charles Potter, a NYA trainee from Michigan

Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repair department of the Naval Air Base, supervises Charles Potter, a NYA trainee from Michigan

Ensign Noressey and Cadet Thenics are shot using Kodachrome film at a time when colored photography was fairly new

Ensign Noressey and Cadet Thenics are shot using Kodachrome film at a time when colored photography was fairly new

After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, in August of 1942

After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, in August of 1942

Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Her husband is a flight instructor

Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal.

Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Her husband is a flight instructor

Lorena Craig is a cowler under civil service at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Lorena Craig is a cowler under civil service at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Авиабаза ВМФ расположена в шести милях к юго-востоку от центрального делового района Корпус-Кристи, в округе Нуесе, штат Техас.
Авиабаза существовала там с 1930-х годов, но до 1940 года имела второстепенное значение. За год до начала Второй мировой войны Совет конгресса США понял, что флот не располагает достаточным количеством пилотов для активных боевых действий.
С приходом Линдона Б. Джонсона (будущего президента) в руководство, ВМФ в марте 1941 года заказал новую воздушную тренировочную станцию в заливе Корпус-Кристи.
В том же году 800 летных инструкторов прибыли в Корпус-Кристи, каждый месяц выпускалось 300 курсантов. После японской атаки на Перл-Харбор это количество почти удвоилась.
Более 35 000 авиаторов обрели крылья до конца войны здесь, включая будущего президента Джорджа Буша, который окончил летные курсы в 1943 году, всего за несколько дней до своего 19-летия.

Cadet L. Deitz is photographed boarding a plane. At this time, to get colored image the subject had to stay very still for quite some time

Cadet L. Deitz is photographed boarding a plane. At this time, to get colored image the subject had to stay very still for quite some time

Eloise J. Ellis is a senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department. She buoys morale in her department by arranging suitable living conditions for out-of-state employees and by helping them with their personal problems

Eloise J. Ellis is a senior supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department. She buoys morale in her department by arranging suitable living conditions for out-of-state employees and by helping them with their personal problems

Navy N2S primary land planes on the military base that was put into operation in 1941, during World War II

Navy N2S primary land planes on the military base that was put into operation in 1941, during World War II

Aviation Ordnance Mate Jesse Rhodes Waller prepares to install a .30-caliber machine gun in a Navy PBY plane

Aviation Ordnance Mate Jesse Rhodes Waller prepares to install a .30-caliber machine gun in a Navy PBY plane

Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with a personal vengeance, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. Virginia Young (right) whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department of the Naval Air Base. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill.

Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with a personal vengeance, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. Virginia Young (right) whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department of the Naval Air Base. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill.

Aviation cadets in training are pictured in stunning color photographs

Aviation cadets in training are pictured in stunning color photographs

Jesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a 30-caliber machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane

Jesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a 30-caliber machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane

Doris Duke works on reconditioning spark plugs in the Assembly and Repair Department

Doris Duke works on reconditioning spark plugs in the Assembly and Repair Department

J.D. Estes loads munitions into a plane in the stunning photos that re-emerged this week

J.D. Estes loads munitions into a plane in the stunning photos that re-emerged this week

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