National Geographic : 1944 Jan
It All Adds Up To Subtracting Zeros Today's apprentice gunner enters a deadly trade-defending American bombers against vicious attacks of Jap Zeros and other heavily armed enemy fighters. To follow his trade and survive, the gun ner first has to learn how to "polish 'em off around the clock." His training must be thorough and painstaking, and it must come within a hair's breadth of being the real thing. That's why Fairchild developed the GUNNER. This advanced trainer has the essential characteristics of the bombers from which our student marksmen will soon shoot it out with Axis pursuits. From a power turret, similar to one on a Flying Fortress, each fledgling is taught to pick off tiny targets while moving at better than 200 miles per hour. It's fast, tricky work and it takes a keen eye, steady nerves, precision equip ment. It's the kind of training that pays off when the chips are down. Fairchild's GUNNER, from which appren tice marksmen step into bombers and thence into action, is one of the largest, speediest training planes used by the Army Air Forces. Powered by two 12-cylinder, inverted, in line, air-cooled Ranger engines, the GUNNER is a typical example of Fairchild's "touch of tomorrow in the planes of today." BUY U. S. WAR BONDS AND STAMPS F AIRCHILD ENGINE AND AIRPLANE CORPORATION 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA, NEW YORK Ranger Aircraft Engines Division, Farmingdale, L. I . * Fairchild Aircraft Division, Hogerstown, Md.... Burlington, N. C . * Duramold Division, New York, N.Y .