|William R. Petty
AMM1 - Class 1-48
Dad, of course, was in the U. S. Navy
from September 1942 until he retired in June of 1966.
After serving at the Kingsville Naval Air Station during
WWII he was transferred to the Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor in
Hawaii. After Hawaii he spent a year at Naval Air Station Lakehurst in
Jersey with a Patrol Squadron flying as a
crewman in blimps.
Before joining his squadron he attended a
Navy training school for lighter-than-air aircraft
The training course, Non Rigid Type Airships and Free
Balloons Course lasted 6 weeks. Part of the course requirements was the
creation and assembly of a notebook describing
specifications and their operations with detailed drawings.
Here are a few selected drawings from Dad's notebook,
just a small sample from some 100 plus pages.