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August 16 - December 16, 2021

CE - Central Coast Aviators in World War II

Cuesta College Community Programs • PO Box 8106 San Luis ObispoCA  93403-8106 Organized by Cuesta College Community Programs

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Based on the book “Central Coast Aviators in World War II,” this course describes local aviation history that began with the first flight over San Luis Obispo in 1910. That history includes aviators Harriet Quimby and Amelia Earhart, Cal Poly’s renowned aeronautics department and two local dairy families, the McChesneys and the Righettis. Wartime brought aviation training to Cal Poly, Hancock Field and to the P-38 airfield that is today’s Santa Maria Airport. The class will also offer profiles of several wartime aviators: a B-24 radioman who was shot down twice, two local Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs); an Atascadero resident who was a Luftwaffe test pilot, an Arroyo Grande B-17 flight engineer who saved his crippled aircraft, and young pilots—22 was a typical age for a bomber pilot—who endured some of the most terrifying combat of the war.

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History and Literature




Jim Gregory


August 16 - December 16, 2021

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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Ages 16-255 · Co-Ed


Cuesta College Community Programs

PO Box 8106 San Luis ObispoCA  93403-8106

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