Colonel Eldine F. Perrin

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Abstract: The training of observers has undergone a natural metamorphosis during the history of the Air Force. Originally, observer skills were developed to assist artillery. Then with the development of long range bombardment and the precision bombsight, navigation and bombing skill became our foremost requirement. The operational needs imposed by World War II stabilized this requirement for navigators and bombardiers, and many thousands were graduated. In addition, several other rated specialties were added to cope with the new equipment that was developed during the course of our operations. You will remember the part that the Radar Observer and Fire Control Officer and the Flight Engineer played. All of these skills are now combined into the current Observer rating, and he has the potential to fulfill any of these assignments.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 3, Number 5
Pages: 175 - 177
Cite this article: Perrin, Colonel Eldine F., "THE AIR FORCE OBSERVER", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 3, No. 5, 1952, pp. 175-177.
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