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Towing Plane Collection

In 1942, at Page Field in Parris Island, South Carolina, a Marine lieutenant stands proudly beside the powerful towing plane used to transport gliders

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine lieutenant with the towing plane for the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942

Marine lieutenant with the towing plane for the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942
Marine lieutenant with the towing plane for the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine Corps gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942

Marine Corps gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine Corps gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towplane... Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942

Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towplane... Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towplane for the training gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane at page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942

Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane at page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane at page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer

Marine gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine gliders being towed from Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine lieutenant by the power plane which tows... at Page Field, Parris, Island, S.C. 1942

Marine lieutenant by the power plane which tows... at Page Field, Parris, Island, S.C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine lieutenant by the power plane which tows the training gliders at Page Field, Parris, Island, S.C

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane for the... page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane for the... page Field, Parris Island, S.C
Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towing plane for the training gliders at page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Aerial tug boat, which tows gliders for Marine pilots... Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942

Aerial tug boat, which tows gliders for Marine pilots... Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Aerial tug boat, which tows gliders for Marine pilots in training out of Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine lieutenant by the power towing plane for the gliders at Parris Island, S. C. 1942

Marine lieutenant by the power towing plane for the gliders at Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine lieutenant by the power towing plane for the gliders at Parris Island, S.C

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine power plane which tows the training gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942

Marine power plane which tows the training gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Marine power plane which tows the training gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine lieutenant by the power towing plane for the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C

Marine lieutenant by the power towing plane for the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C
Marine lieutenant by the power towing plane for the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine lieutenant, glider pilot in training, ready for... at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942

Marine lieutenant, glider pilot in training, ready for... at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942
Marine lieutenant, glider pilot in training, ready for take-off at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. Power towing plane in background

Background imageTowing Plane Collection: Marine lieutenants, pilots, by the power tow-plane for the... Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942

Marine lieutenants, pilots, by the power tow-plane for the... Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942
Marine lieutenants, pilots, by the power tow-plane for the training gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S.C


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In 1942, at Page Field in Parris Island, South Carolina, a Marine lieutenant stands proudly beside the powerful towing plane used to transport gliders. The image captured by Alfred T Palmer showcases the dedication and skill of these pilots as they prepared for their training exercises. The Marine Corps gliders, carefully attached to the towing plane, are seen being towed across the field. These gliders were an essential part of pilot training during World War II, allowing them to practice landing techniques and hone their skills before taking on more challenging missions. With precision and expertise, Marine lieutenants took control of the power towplane. They navigated through the skies above Parris Island with confidence and determination. Their role was crucial in ensuring that future pilots were well-prepared for combat situations. The aerial tug boat-like appearance of the towing plane is evident in another photograph taken by Palmer. This unique aircraft served as a lifeline for Marine pilots-in-training as it safely transported them from one location to another. As we observe this historical moment frozen in time, we can't help but admire the bravery and commitment displayed by these young men. They dedicated themselves to mastering every aspect of aviation so that they could serve their country with honor and courage. Alfred T Palmer's photographs provide us with a glimpse into this pivotal period in history when young Marines trained tirelessly to become skilled aviators. Through his lens, we witness moments filled with camaraderie, perseverance, and unwavering determination. Today, we pay tribute to those who came before us – those who paved the way for our modern military aviation capabilities. We honor their sacrifice and remember their legacy as we continue striving towards excellence in all aspects of our armed forces.