Eric Sloane’s Weather Model of the Atmosphere

Another photograph of a model of the atmosphere that Eric Sloane built as a series in memorial to Lieutenant Joseph Prentice Willetts (30 September 1918 – 28 August 1943), U.S. Navy pilot who was killed in a training exercise piloting a Martin PBM C3 in heavy weather. The models were commissioned by the pilot’s parents, who collaborated with Eric Sloane in developing the models to teach principles of weather systems.
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