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  • Dollar Ride, First Flight to Wings

    To a pilot, few things are as nerve wracking as the first time they climb into a cockpit and fly a plane. But boy is that dollar ride memorable.  “I’m definitely nervous,” said 2nd Lt. Christopher Ugale 47th Flying Training Wing student pilot before his first flight, “A little bit of anxiety, but definitely excited.”
  • Taking Family on the Flight Line to a New Level

    The T-6 Texan II launches more than 150 times per day at Laughlin, but Tuesday’s launch was pretty special, as more than 25 maintainers stopped what they were doing to watch a lieutenant take to the skies in a military aircraft for the first time. Tuesday morning, 2nd Lt. Mark Gonzalez, a student pilot and Del Rio native, completed his dollar ride. A dollar ride is the first ride in a military aircraft a student pilot takes when beginning Undergraduate Student Pilot Training. Gonzalez completed his first flight with Maj. Jesus Beltran, a Laughlin instructor pilot and fellow Del Rio native. The tandem’s crew chief was Benjamin Gonzalez, a T-6 Phase Dock Supervisor in the 47th Maintenance Directorate and Mark’s own father at home.
  • From Cameroon to U.S. pilot; student seeks wings

    For many, becoming a pilot in the United States Air Force is a dream that can be achieved through the traditional means of commissioning, but every so often a unique story is brought to life in this process.
  • Instructor, student pilots experience NVG training through new lenses

    The 58th Airlift Squadron and the 97th Training Squadron recently combined their efforts to present a new virtual, high-resolution, night vision goggle training system to instructor pilots and loadmasters, Dec. 9, 2019, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla.
  • Columbus AFB Alpha Warrior aims for victory in final DOD competition

    Alpha Warrior competitions are the military’s version of the courses seen on the TV show “American Ninja Warrior,” where athletes complete various obstacles competing to finish with the best time.
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