Soldiers at Flying School, Urbana, Illinois

Graduating Class of Students from the School of Military Aeronautics at Urbana, Illinois

This is a scan of a real photo postcard. It shows the students at the US School of Military Aeronautics at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. These soldiers were attending a ground school. If they passed, they went on to actual flying school. Another postcard written from this facility says that there were just short of 1,000 students there.

Photographs like this are what fascinate me about the First World War era. Take a good look at each face, each young man, full of hope, bravado, youth. One fellow's image is circled, and their name written on the card.

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