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Greg Gagarin, Former top-secret American WWII Pilot, discusses Call Sign, White Lily

Greg Gagarin, an MIT Club Partner, was in Army ROTC at MIT before Pearl Harbor and in his junior year accepted a provisional commission in the US Navy. Upon graduation in 1943 he received his commission, was affiliated with the Harvard-MIT Radar Laboratories, and went to Corpus Christie, Texas to do naval airborne radar training. Shortly after, he was assigned to “Project Zebra,” a secret lend-lease program transferring sea planes to the Soviet Naval Aviation.

He discusses “Call Sign, White Lily”, MIT during the war, the Soviet program, differences between Soviet and US military aviation training, and the effect of the atomic bomb on us and the Soviets.

Greg, thank you for the heartfelt review!