National Geographic : 1946 Feb
© National Geographic Society Ditched Airmen Take "Gibson Girl" for a Sail One man is cranking out on the radio automatic SOS broadcasts. Its hourglass shape suggested its nickname. His companion in the pneumatic life raft is preparing to send up a kite carrying the aerial. The still in the foreground makes sea water drinkable. Red tarpaulins double as sails. Kodachromes, U.S.Army Air Forces, Official Tow Targets Help Aerial Gunners Improve Their Aim Here an airman attaches cable toacloth sleeve, used totrain aerial and anti aircraft gunners. It will become ared streamer when unreeled behind aplane. For fighter pilots sleeves are trailed at300 yards; for antiaircraft, up to2,000 yards. Turret gunners fire plastic bullets at special target planes.