Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks football

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Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks football
First season 1942
Last season 1944
All-time record 26–5 (.839)

The Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks represented the U.S. Navy pre-flight school at the University of Iowa in the college football seasons of 1942, 1943, and 1944.


The United States Navy commissioned pre-flight schools at the University of Georgia, the University of Iowa, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Saint Mary's College of California in 1942. Cadets were given three months of rigorous physical training and instruction in basic aerial navigation and communications. Graduates were sent to basic flight schools and advanced flight training before assignment to the Pacific Fleet.

Athletics and training were emphasized at the schools. It was believed that the rigors of college football were ideal preparation for World War II. Numerous collegiate and professional athletes and coaches were recruited as instructors. They often played on or coached the football team of their respective school. Each team usually played established football powers in their respective region and other service academies.

Iowa Pre-Flight was coached by former Minnesota coach Bernie Bierman in 1942 and went 7–3. The Seahawks were coached by former Missouri coach Don Faurot in 1943 and went 9–1. They finished second in the final AP Poll and were named the service academy national champion. Iowa Pre-Flight was coached by former Auburn coach Jack Meagher in 1944 and went 10–1. They finished sixth in the final AP Poll.

Jim Tatum and Bud Wilkinson both served as assistant coaches for the Seahawks under Faurot. Tatum went on to coach at Oklahoma and Maryland. While at Maryland, Tatum recorded a national championship, three conference championships, and a 73–15–4 record without a single losing season. Wilkinson went on to coach at Oklahoma, where he set an NCAA record with 47 consecutive wins.[1]



Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 19 at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 61–0  
September 26 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 20–12  
October 3 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 7–6  
October 10 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 26–14  
October 17 at Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN L 0–28  
October 31 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 26–6  
November 7 at Fort Knox Fort Knox, KY W 13–7  
November 21 Nebraska Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 46–0  
November 28 at No. 3 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 12–41  
December 5 vs. Missouri Ruppert StadiumKansas City, MO L 0–7  
#Rankings from AP Poll.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 18 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 32–18  
September 25 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 28–13  
October 2 at Iowa State Clyde Williams FieldAmes, IA W 33–13  
October 9 vs. Iowa No. 8 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 25–0  
October 16 at Missouri No. 7 Ruppert StadiumKansas City, MO W 21–6  
October 30 Fort Riley No. 9 Iowa Stadium • Iowa City, IA W 19–2  
November 7 at Marquette No. 8 Marquette StadiumMilwaukee, WI W 46–19  
November 13 Camp Grant No. 5 Iowa Stadium • Iowa City, IA W 28–13  
November 20 at No. 1 Notre Dame No. 2 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN L 13–14  
November 27 at Minnesota No. 2 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 32–0  
#Rankings from AP Poll.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 16 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 7–12  
September 23 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 19–13  
September 30 Olathe Navy Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 45–12  
October 7 vs. Second Air Force Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 12–6  
October 14 at No. 7 Purdue No. 11 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 13–6  
October 22 Fort Warren No. 5 Iowa Stadium • Iowa City, IA W 30–0  
October 29 at Marquette No. 6 Marquette StadiumMilwaukee, WI W 26–0  
November 4 at Tulsa No. 7 Skelly FieldTulsa, OK W 47–27  
November 11 Bunker Hill Navy No. 7 Iowa Stadium • Iowa City, IA W 33–7  
November 18 at Missouri No. 7 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO W 51–7  
November 25 vs. Iowa No. 7 Iowa Stadium • Iowa City, IA W 30–6  
#Rankings from AP Poll.

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  1. ^ Gary King, The Forgotten Man of Oklahoma Football: Jim Tatum, Sooner Magazine, University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc., Spring 2008, retrieved 17 December 2008.

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