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

Background imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 imageTowplane 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 towplane used to transport gliders. This captivating image captured by Alfred T Palmer showcases the dedication and skill of these pilots during World War II. The Marine Corps gliders are seen being expertly towed from Page Field, highlighting the precision required for such maneuvers. These gliders were an essential part of training exercises on Parris Island, providing invaluable experience for aspiring aviators. Another photograph shows a Marine lieutenant taking control as he pilots the power towplane at Page Field. The intensity in his eyes reflects the responsibility he carries while guiding these gliders through the skies above Parris Island. Amongst this collection of images is one that captures multiple Marine lieutenants standing alongside their power towing plane at Page Field. Their camaraderie and shared passion for aviation shine through as they prepare to embark on another mission together. Alfred T Palmer's lens also captures the awe-inspiring sight of marine gliders being gracefully pulled into flight from Page Field. The combination of strength and finesse displayed by both aircrafts is truly remarkable. One striking photo features a lone Marine lieutenant standing beside the power plane responsible for towing training gliders at Parris Island in 1942. His confident stance embodies courage and determination - qualities necessary for success in aerial operations. Dubbed an "aerial tug boat, " this powerful machine played a crucial role in transporting Marines across vast distances during training exercises. Its significance cannot be overstated when considering its contribution to honing pilot skills and preparing them for combat scenarios. In yet another snapshot taken by Alfred T Palmer, we see a Marine lieutenant overseeing operations as he guides his power towing plane with precision and expertise. This image encapsulates both leadership and technical prowess within military aviation during this era. These photographs serve as timeless reminders of the bravery exhibited by these Marines who dedicated themselves to the art of flying.