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R.I., and was Director of Observation Posts on the Rhode Island Council of Denfense; Chairman of the Aeronautical Committee, American Legion Department of Rhode Island; State Civil Director, Aircraft Warning Service, organized in October, 1941, three observation posts for the Army trial exercises and continued interest in this important military field and, after searching in vain for some manual of instruction in Aircraft Identification, wrote and published his own manual for use by civilians in the Aircraft Warning Service.

This booklet went through six editions, the first four of which were privately printed and the last two published by Doubleday, Doran & Co., which were eventually used by more than a hundred schools and colleges as a textbook. As a result of the educational campaign among civilians he was called to Washington, commissioned a Major and sent to Orlando, Fla., to organize and conduct the large Air Force school for instructors in Aircraft Recognition. Its graduates taught throughout the First Air Force Area. He conducted a similar school later at Oakland, California, for the Fourth Air Force and assisted in the organization and training of the Canadian Air Defense on the west coast. Returning to Orlando he assumed charge of the Recognition Section of the Intelligence Regiment of the A.A.F. School of Applied Tactics. He lectured there before almost all groups of students and headed the training, as instructors, of all intelligence officers who graduated from this school. For more than eight months he also conducted a series of regular courses in which the students were already instructors but were given his specialized technique and were brought up to date on surface craft recognition. Using special devices developed for his courses they were given the latest confidential material on enemy aircraft which he extracted for them from masses of material which were received daily at his central library.

Perhaps his greatest contribution to the science of training in Aircraft Recognition was the development of a method of producing realistic "Distant Views" of aircraft to be used instead of the close-ups that were standard material. A plane a half mile away, against a blue-gray sky, looks very different from the same "job" on the ground only 25 yards from the eye. Use of these views reproduced as slides and projected against a screen that had been tinted a dark blue for the first time injected an atmosphere of reality into what had tended to become a very artificial system of instruction. The Navy followed Mr. Hazard's lead much more

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