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CAPTAIN KENNETH WHITINC, USN
NAVAL AVIATOR 16
He commanded the first aeronautical unit sent fro
CAPTAIN KENNETH WHITING
Captain Kenneth Whiting, after Whom the U. S.
Naval Auxiliary Air Station Whiting Field was named,
was an early pioneer in aviation. He was taught to fly
by Orville Wright and was awarded naval aviator cer-
tiHcate No. 16.
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the United States to reach France in World War One
After WWI, he helped fit out the first experimental air
craft carrier USS Langley, and served as executive offi
cer when she was commissioned.
He also helped plan and fit out the USS Lexingto
and USS Saratoga.
Captain Whiting was graduated from the Naval Acc
demy in 1905 and remained on active duty until his deat
in April 1943.
He was awarded the Victory Medal, Overseas Clas
the American Defense Medal, and the Legion of Hono
rank of Chevalier, by the government of France.
For meritorious service in World War I he was award
ed the Navy Cross.
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Since its commissioning in July of 1943 Whiting
Field has played an important role in the training of
pilots for America's fleet. At the present time it pro-
vides facilities and support to Training Squadrons
TWO, THREE and SIX.
These operational squadrons are based at the two
separate air fields located on the station. VT-2 and
VT-6 make their home at North Field and VT-3 is
located at South Field.
During WWII naval aviation cadets and officer
students received training in instruments and radio
With the cessation of hostilities, medium and heavy
bombers were based here for almost two years. It
was during this period that Whiting became a Naval
' ir Station and was under the Naval Air Advanced
In 1948 the field reverted to an auxiliary status
nd was returned to the Naval Air Basic Training
During 1949 and 1950 the famed "Blue Angels'
ade their home at Whiting and also the Navy's
rst jet training unit, JTU-ONE.
With the outbreak of the Korean Conflict and the
esultant step-up of aviation training, Whiting was
evoted entirely to the primary phase of training.
During the eight years, from May 1948 until Octo-
ber of 1956, when primary training was conducted
at Whiting more than 18,000 students completed that
phase of their instruction here.
In October of 1956 the Instrument - Formation
phase of basic flight training was moved to Whiting
from Saufley Field and in turn Saufley took over the
job of teaching Primary.
Still another phase was added to the Whiting sylla-
bus in December 19595 Multi-Engine Training
which had formerly been conducted at Sherman
Field, was moved to Whiting.
On May 1, 1960 Basic Training Groups TWO,
THREE and SIX were redesignated and commission-
ed Training Squadrons of the same number. The
commissionin caused no chan e in the fli ht train-
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ing mission, they continued to teach instruments,
formation and multi-engine flying.
VT-2 and VT-3 each have approximately 150 of-
ficers and 650 enlisted men. VT-6 has approximately
50 officers and 175 men.
To furnish the academic training, messing, berth-
ing, medical and dental treatment and other support
needed by these squadrons, Whiting has approximate-
ly 85 ofiicers and 800 enlisted men assigned to the
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THHIHIHB THE LUUHLDS
VILC Admual Fxtnhugh
Chief of Naval Air
Rear Admiral Magruder
H. Tuttle, USN
Chief of Naval Air
A Naval Aviator is not made overnight. He is the result of the combined ejorts of hundreds of people and
hundredspf hours, both on the ground and in the air. This then is the story of the blending of man and
machine into a finely tuned weapons system, and it is the story of the Naval Air Basic Training Command.
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