|Air Corps Training|
The pilot flight training was in four phases or stages.
2) Primary Flight Training
In this first phase of hands-on flying, the cadets trained in the PT-17 Stearman Bi-wing aircraft.
The primary phase of flight training lasted eight weeks. It included rigid flight instruction, school courses and extensive aerobatic maneuvers. Those cadets who did not succeed were sent to other phases of flight training such as aerial gunnery.
3) Basic Training
4) Advanced Training
Many of the British who trained in the Southeastern United States were called "Arnoldians" for General "Hap" Arnold, Chief of the United States Army Air Force. Because neutrality sentiments in the United States were wide spread prior to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, it was General Arnold who devised the successful plan or scheme of allowing the British to begin using the United States' pilot training facilities even before the United States was actively involved in combat operations in World War II. Special arrangements had to be made for this training of British cadets to take place in the United States at that time. These arrangements were called the "Arnold Scheme." Of the 8,000 British cadets trained in the Southeastern United States under the Arnold Scheme, over 5,000 came through Turner Field and/or Darr Aero Tech in Albany, Georgia during 1941-1943. Toward the end of 1943, Britain's desperate need for pilots (which was largely occasioned by the terrible losses of the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain) was not so critical and the Albany air bases reverted to the training of American cadets.
In 1944, the French Free Cadets joined the British and American Cadets training at Turner Field.