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The "Up-Check"

An instructor gives a naval cadet the thumbs up
Description: Drawing, Pen and Ink; by Georges Schreiber; 1943; Framed Dimensions 24H X 34W
Accession #: 88-159-JD as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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The fateful moment for every naval aviation cadet comes when the Flying Instructor, smiling faintly, turns in the front cockpit and lifts his thumb in the traditional gesture of success. Tensely the cadet waits for the grim moment, which spells success or failure after months of study, dual instruction in the air, and physical conditioning. The "up-check" marks another milepost on the road to the coveted goal--Navy Wings of Gold.

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Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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