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“Project da Vinci” transforming undergraduate rotary-wing helicopter pilot training
(From left to right) U.S. Air Force students 1st Lt. Matthew Gulotta, 2nd Lt. Trent Badger, 2nd Lt. Richard Songster, 2nd Lt. John Michael Thrash, Capt. Josh Park and 2nd Lt Karl Bossard stand in front of a TH-1H helicopter at Fort Rucker, Ala., Oct. 10, 2019. All six officers graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training - Helicopter Class 20-02, which incorporated virtual reality in an experimental curriculum that resulted in the class graduating six weeks earlier than normal training classes while reducing actual flying time in the TH-1H by about 35%. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo/Brian Braden)