World War II Army Air Crew Lunch

WWII Air Crew lunch

Long range bombing missions could last anywhere from 6 to 8 hours per sortie and in the beginning of the war pilots and flight crewman would usually bring along their own snacks to eat during those long flights.

It was determined by the Army Air Force and the Quartermaster Corp that there was a need for special rations to be supplied to air crews. A series of special-ration specifications in 1943 and 1944 covering "Air Crew Lunch" and "Air Crew Lunch Combat" was adopted.

"Air Crew Lunch" made it's debut in September 1944.
This wasn't really a lunch but more or less a confection based supplemental type pocket lunch. The packaging was a small unique matchbox style container designed to be carried in a flight suit or uniform pocket and capable of dispensing it's contents while wearing heavy flight gloves.

The "Air Crew Lunches" were shipped and distributed in five gallon cans containing eighty boxes each.

Air Crew Lunch Contents

The "Air Crew Lunch" candy compartment contained a loose selection of chocolate drops, pancoated cream centers, fondant creams, gum drops, jelly and licorice drops, and pancoated peanuts.

The fudge and gum compartment contained a vanilla and a fudge bar and gum.

Easy one-hand manipulation of the red-and-blue package permitted the items to drop out of the selected compartment.

Kingman Arizona Airport

Kingman WWII tower

I had always heard about the aircraft "boneyard" at the Kingman Arizona Airport (KIGM) and since I live about 123 miles from Kingman I decided to go visit the airport and see what it is like.

The first thing you notice when arriving at the airport is the cool World War II tower.

The Kingman Airport was built as a World War II United States Army Air Forces training field in 1942.
Kingman Army Airfield was a training base for aerial gunners.
The initial goal was to train as many as 200 gunners per week in air-to-air gunnery using initially .30 caliber machine guns and later .50 caliber machine guns.

The airbase was closed down after the end of World War II and on November 15, 1945 was declared surplus.

sectional map KIGM

Kingman WWII tower

After World War II, the War Assets Administration came to Kingman AAF to set up Sales & Storage Depot No. 41.
It is estimated that approximately 5,500 warbirds were flown here between 1945 and 1946 for storage and sale.

Wow, that's a lot of airplanes!

Individuals could come here and buy a BT-13 trainer for as little as $450 or a B-24 bomber for $13,750.

With the disposal of the military aircraft completed, Kingman AAF was returned to civilian use in 1949.

Kingman storage today

There doesn't seem to be any WWII aircraft here anymore but there are plenty of airline type aircraft sitting around in storage.

Kingman DC4

Check out the DC-4!

Kingman Hangar

I love this old hangar.

Kingman 727

Boeing 727.

Kingman 737

Southwest Airlines 737.

Kingman Airport Cafe

Finally, there is a great airport cafe on the field which serves great meals, so if you decide to visit the airport be sure to go to the cafe too!

The Globe Swift

Photo by Mytwocents of GC-1B

Back in my early days as a Flight Instructor we used to fly our dual cross country training flights to an airport in Ohio because of a great "on airport" restaurant. Across from the restaurant sitting out on the ramp was a Globe Swift. It was bare aluminum and pretty cool looking, I wonder where it is today?

The Globe Swift was designed by Mr. R.S. "Pop" Johnson in 1940 and is a light, two-seat sport monoplane with retractable main landing gears and usually equipped with a constant speed propeller (although a fixed pitch propeller is also listed in the original May 7, 1946 type certificate number ATC#-766.)

The original prototype designed by Mr. R.S. Johnson in 1940 was made of metal tubing covered with fabric and had Duraloid wings and tail surfaces. Duraloid is a (Bakelite-bonded plywood) process developed by Dr. Robert Nebesar.

Johnson's Swift became the Globe GC-1, it was somewhat underpowered with a 65hp Continental engine which was subsequently replaced with a more robust 80 HP Continental. (Type Certificate ATC# 753 was issued in May, 1942 for this airplane.)

Toward the end of the war, Mr. R.S. "Pop" Johnson and Chief Engineer Mr. K.H. "Bud" Knox re-designed the GC-1 to become a new, "all-metal," airplane and powered it with a 85 HP Continental, and named it the Globe Swift GC-1A (May 7, 1946 type certificate number ATC#-766.)

The first prototype GC-1A flew in January, 1945 and the first production model was completed in November, 1945. Only 408 GC-1A airplanes were built.

The GC-1A was sluggish and performed poorly with the Continental C-85 HP engine so it wasn't long before a new six cylinder 125 HP Continental C-125 version of the airplane was being offered. Type Certificate ATC# 776 was issued in September 20, 1946 for GC-1B and with this new engine, performance improved dramatically!

The Ft. Worth, Texas located Globe Aircraft Company soon became backlogged with orders so they entered a contract with the nearby (newly founded) Grand Prairie, Texas company TEMCO (Texas Engineering & Manufacturing Company) to build GC-1B Swifts under sub-contract.

833 total Swift GC-1B's were built (504 by Globe Aircraft and 329 by TEMCO).

In six months there were more airplanes than orders and Globe Aircraft Company filed for bankruptcy and TEMCO took it over in August 1947.

TEMCO continued to build and modify 260 more Swifts until they ended production on August 23, 1951.

Globe Swift GC-1B
• Manufacturer: Globe Aircraft/TEMCO
• Total Built: 1,521 (including prototypes)
• Original Base Price: $3750-$4000
• Varients: 3- (GC-1A, GC-1B, T-35 “Buckaroo”)
• First Flight: The prototype GC-1A made its initial test flights in January, 1945
• Crew: 1
• Capacity: 2
• Wingspan: 29 ft 4 in. (8.94 m)
• Wing Area: 132 ft² (12.3 m²)
• Airfoil: Root NACA 23015, Tip NACA 23009
• Height: 6 ft 2 in. (1.88 m)
• Length: 20 ft 10 in. (6.35 m)
• Empty weight: 1,370 lb. (621 kg)
• Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1,710 lb. (766 kg)
• Total Fuel: 27.8 gals.
• Powerplant: 1 × Continental C125 six cylinder, four-stroke aircraft engine, 125 hp (93 kW)
• Cruise speed: 122 kts (140 mph; 226 km/h)
• Climb Performance: 700 ft/min (3.6 m/s)
• Never Exceed speed: 161 kts (185 mph; 298 km/h)
• Range: 1,000 nm (1,151 mi; 1,852 km)
• Service Ceiling: 18,000 ft. (5,500 m)
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