Major Jon A. Reynolds, a prisoner of war (POW) released after the Vietnam War, has?
GV & CU Randolph Airforce base (2 shots)
CU Major Reynolds at control panel and looking at slides (2 shots)
SV & CU Major Raynolds in flight simulator (3 shots)
SV & CU Major Reynolds and other pilots in altitude simulator chamber
SV PAN Major Reynolds arrives at airfield and checks trainer aircraft (3 shots)
SCU Major Reynolds enters aircraft and prepares for flight (2 shots)
SV Major Reynolds taxies aircraft and takes off (2 shots)
LV Aircraft landing (2 shots)
SV Major Reynolds gets out of aircraft (2 shots)
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This film, which was made by the U.S. Department of Defence, shows Major Reynolds being tested by his instructor, practicing in a flight and altitude simulator, and then making a trial flight.
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Background: Major Jon A. Reynolds, a prisoner of war (POW) released after the Vietnam War, has been training at Randolph Air Base in Texas, to qualify as a pilot. He was among the first POWs to be released in February, and is working to come back after years of isolation and confinements.
The pilot requalifying course, organised by the U.S. Air Force Air training Command, is expected to last about 20 weeks, and similar courses for navigators and helicopter crewmen who were prisoners, are operating at other bases.
SYNOPSIS: At Randolph Air Force Base in Texas, the U.S. Air Force Air Training Command has a new training course, especially designed for returned Vietnam prisoners of war. The course is held to help POWs requalify as pilots and this U.S. Department of Defence film shows Major Jon A. Reynolds undergoing retraining.
Major Reynolds spent some time in the flight altitude simulator chamber. Later he went to the runway to test a T-38 trainer aircraft. Before a trial flight Major Reynolds spent more than seven years as a prisoner of war and was among the first to be released on February twelfth.
The pilot requalifying course at Randolph Base is expected to last about twenty weeks, depending on individual requirements. Retraining is needed because aircraft have changed considerably since the start of the war.
The navigators, who wish to continue their flying careers, there will be a six-week updating course at Mather Air Base in California, and another at Hill Air Base in Utah for helicopter crews.
Six-hundred POWs have now returned from the Vietnam War - usually to rapturous welcomes. But the treatment and retraining received by the POWs has brought some bitter complaints from many of the three-million veterans who fought in the war but were not taken prisoner. Many returned vietnam veterans have been languishing without jobs and without hope of being trained for civilian or military purposes.