Today in NC State History: Post-World War II program takes flight

December 1, 2014
By Chris Saunders

historyIconWorld War II was in its final year in 1945, with May and August bringing with them the surrender of Germany and Japan, respectively.

But colleges and universities on the homefront were already planning at the close of 1944 for what would happen when the war concluded, as evidenced by an article in The Technician from that year.

It was announced on this day 70 years ago that NC State would be one of three North Carolina institutions, along with  Duke University and what was then known as Elon College, offering aviation courses after the war ended.

unnamedThe decision for NC State to continue and expand its courses in aeronautics was announced via a nationwide educational survey done by the Bendix Aviation Corporation. The survey found that 455 U.S. colleges “would require, for teaching purposes, quantities of useable government-owned aircraft equipment, which will be declared surplus after the war.”

The survey also found that 307 institutions had general plans to teach aspects of aviation after the war, according to The Technician, which cited Ernest R. Breech, president of the Bendix Aviation Corporation and head of the surplus aircraft disposal committee of the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce.

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