Aeronautics, 1940

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Students learning to fly at the Princeton Airport through the Civil Aeronautics Association flight training program, 1940.

World War II changed the School of Engineering. Princeton’s Department of Aeronautical Engineering was formed in 1941 to meet critical wartime needs, and became a leader in the field. Later the department merged with the department of Mechanical Engineering to form the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences (now the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering).

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