Weather Notes for Pilots

Summer Fogs and Winter Winds
The Aleutian Islands

(and how to fly despite them)

Lt. Commander John Tatom, U. S. Navy, was for several years the Aerological Officer of Fleet Air Wing FOUR of the Pacific Fleet. He had flown in and studied the Aleutian weather, and used his experience to write a pamphlet for those pilots who would fly in the WWII Aleutian weather. The introductory was written by L. E. Gehres, Commodore, U. S. Navy, Commander, Fleet Air Wing Four.

As Tatom states, "Aleutian weather has been widely publicized since the outbreak of WWII. In numerous magazine and newspaper articles and over the radio we have heard that the Aleutian area is the home of one of the largest "lows" of the northern hemisphere, that here is the breeding place of th storms, and that here exist the icy gales and the perpetual fogs.

I think you will enjoy reading this pamphlet, and I would like to thank my wife, Nadine, for beating out the competition on eBay for this wonderful father's day present...which I am delighted to share with you.

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