LOW ALTITUDE AERIAL OBSERVATION. AN EXPERIMENTAL COURSE OF INSTRUCTION
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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A field test, in which combat situations were simulated, was administered to aerial observers as a means of identifying the basic skills involved in low altitude aerial observation. The main skill areas were found to be visual search, target recognition, geographical orientation, and target location. Methods and techniques for teaching the identified skills were developed and evaluated in five field experiments, and the productive procedures were incorporated in an aerial observer training course. In a final evaluation, students trained under the experimental course performed as well as experienced observers who had been trained in the conventional program.