Sunflower Journeys Program 1306

Sunflower Journeys Program 1306

  • $ 1000

Army Airfields: Historian Pat O’Brien of Emporia State University reviews the role of the Kansas airfields that were operated by the Army Air Corps during World War Two. Sixteen of these fields were used as staging bases and for training flight crews, including one near Herington, which became operational in 1943. G.I. Bill: Historian Bill Tuttle from the University of Kansas describes the origins and impact of the G.I. Bill, which provided assistance to those who had served in the armed forces when they returned to civilian life. This legislation had a significant impact on colleges and universities after the war, when veterans swelled the student population to record levels. Forbes Field: Sunflower Journeys focuses on Forbes Field in Topeka, which opened as an Army Air Corps base in 1942 and was renamed for Maj. Daniel H. Forbes in 1949. In the 1960s, it became a key component of the Stratetic Air Command, activating an extensive missile squadron that remained on alert through the early years of the Cold War.

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