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November 1946 Air Trails

November 1946 Air Trails

November 1946 Air Trails Cover - Airplanes and Rockets Table of Contents

These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights acknowledged.

Per Merriam-Webster, the word "quiz" as a noun means: 1) an eccentric person, 2: a practical joke, or 3: the act or action of quizzing specifically - a short oral or written test. As a verb it means: 1) to make fun of - mock, 2) to look at inquisitively, or 3) to question closely. Since this "Quiz on Aeronautical Engineering Education" from a 1946 issue of Air Trails magazine is directed toward the reader, its content does not seem to meet any of the definitions. It can only really be called a "quiz" if it is directed toward the Northrop Aeronautical Institute, which it is. It is clearly a case of the reader asking the questions, not the reader being quizzed on his aeronautical knowledge. I point this out only because it seems like a deceptive technique for grabbing the reader's attention by implying a test of technical prowess - in which the kind of people who read this sort of magazine typically love to participate. Instead, it is merely an advertisement - or even the first definition a a verb.

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Northrop Aeronautical Institute Ad, November 1946 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsQuiz on Aeronautical Engineering Education

Here are typical questions asked by men considering careers in Aeronautical Engineering. Men who realize the great opportunities in this field ask such questions in an earnest desire to weigh their qualifications. Perhaps you are at the stage of "thinking about" Aeronautical Engineering. It is for men like you that Northrop Aeronautical Institute presents these questions and answers. We trust the answers will be helpful, and shall be glad to go beyond them by replying promptly to any personal inquiry.


Q. My age is 25. Am I too old to take up training in Aeronautical Engineering?

A. No. The average age of men enrolled in Northrop Aeronautical Institute is 24-plus. Some have entered directly from high school. Others have entered after long periods in the armed forces, their ages extending up into the middle thirties. Age is of little importance - educational qualification and personal determination to succeed are the essential factors.


Q. I am a high school graduate with only two years of mathematics. Am I qualified educationally for your Aeronautical Engineering courses?

A. Yes. Our entrance requirements conform to the standards prescribed by the National Council of Technical Schools, which specify satisfactory completion of a 4-year high school course, or its equivalent. In many cases, practical training and experience - particularly in the armed forces - take the place of a more formal education.

Service Experience

Q. I was in the service 46 months. Is this experience of any general or specific value to me?

A. To give an exact answer we should have full information on training and duties. Many types of training and experience in the service give a student an aptitude for grasping technical subjects. Also, we have observed that a service background gives a man a sense of responsibility that leads him to strive for success in his studies.

Air Service Experience

Q. I was in the Air Force, first as a mechanic, then as a fighter pilot. Will this experience help me in studying to be an aeronautical engineer?

A. All types of air crew and ground crew experience contribute greatly to grasping aeronautical engineering subjects, and to becoming a better engineer. Knowledge of aircraft structural details, maintenance problems, performance, design, and flight characteristics helps the student make practical interpretations of his daily study and apply practical considerations in his assignments.

Difficulty of Training

Q. I know I would like an Aeronautical Engineering career but I am afraid the course of training might be too "tough" for me. What do you advise?

A. That depends upon the strength of your desire for a career and your determination to succeed. If a man has the proper educational qualifications he can take up an Aeronautical Engineering course with confidence. Our training program carries the student steadily forward from his basic qualifications.

Length of Training

Q. Is it actually possible to get a thorough training in Aeronautical Engineering in a 2-year course?

A. A longer school day, year round training, elimination of non-essential subjects, and intensive practical training methods, are advantageous features of our training program. These make possible the equivalent training, in engineering subjects far in excess of a 4-year college course. In addition, the training is in actual industry methods and prepares a man to step directly into practical engineering assignments.


Northrop Aeronautical Institute Courses are Approved for the Training of Veterans Under the GI Bill of Rights

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