Skidmore, Donald

From SWC Oral History Collection
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Donald Skidmore talks about being part of the gilder program and life at Lubbock

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Donald Skidmore

Additional Parties Recorded:


Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Hal Robinson

Length: 01:01:40


Background, Grew up at Temple, Texas, Training to be glider pilot, Instructor pilot for glider program, Positions held during WWII, Fighter Controller at California, Ran a DF station at Hawaii, Recollections of the glider program, Friendships made, Vision Issues, Joined CPT program at SMU, No boot camp experience, Training, Dead stick training at Lubbock, Promotion to staff sergeants, Training at Arizona, Techniques used, Spoilers on the wings, Make and Configurations, C-60, C-47, CG-4A, Reasons for using gliders, Materials, Manufacturers, Specifications, Protective Measures, Ground fire protection methods, Snatch tow technique, Will to live, Recollections, Places where gliders were used, Role at Pacific posting, Member of National WWII Glider Pilots Association, Instructor Pilot, Emphasis on Precision flying, Staying in service, Refused the General, Jobs he held after the war, Living at Lubbock, Dust storm experiences, Case involved with University of Hampton coaches, Ken Walker refused to apologize, Issues, Budget loss, LP&L, Silent wings museum, Recommendation to fire the curator, Initially started at Terrell, All artifacts signed over except for CG-4A, Air sickness, Experience at Sea, Interview Ended

Access Information

Original Recording Format:

Recording Format Notes:

Transcript: No transcript available

Thank you for your interest in this oral history interview. Our oral history collection is available to patrons in the Southwest Collection's Reading Room, located on the campus of Texas Tech University. For reading room hours, visit our website. Please contact Reference Staff at least one week prior to your visit to ensure the oral history you are interested in will be available. Due to copyright issues, duplications of our oral histories can only be made for family members. If an oral history transcript has been made available online, the link will be provided on this page. More information on accessing our oral histories is located here. Preferred citation style can be found here.