Those of us who went through Navy Flight Training “between Wars” (1946-1950) were blessed with a great opportunity to make a significant contribution to society in the military, the public sector, and the private sector.
This very select group of individuals came from many different backgrounds with many different dreams.  The one thing they had in common was the desire to fly.  They earned their wings in spite of tough training and government cutbacks and became heroes in the air by providing support for those brave young men on the battlefield.  This project—The Brown Shoes Project—includes some of their stories.
2941 Aviation Midshipmen, of which 1763 became Naval Aviators have been identified.  Some of their stories and contributions are included in this project, as are stories and contributions from others who went through training with them (Marine and Coast Guard officers, and their instructors, ground crews, and others who trained and supported them).