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Class of 2023 Gets Their Wings
US Air Force Academy, Colorado - Flying Team sophomores began their journey as Flying Team pilots on June 9, 2020, when the first three started their Initial Qualification Training in the T-41. While the summer held unique challenges in a COVID environment, all 9 new members earned their wings in time for the virtual Winging Ceremony on Parent's Weekend.
Class of 2022 starts IQT
US Air Force Academy, Colorado - Flying Team sophomores began their journey as Flying Team pilots on June 3, 2019, when the first three started Initial Qualifying Training (IQT) in the T-41. IQT trains new team pilots in a 3-week course designed to simulated the environment at UPT. This training will continue for the rest of the 3-degree cadets through the remainder of the summer periods.
Flying Team sends off class of 2019
US Air Force Academy, Colorado - After a motivational speech from President Donald Trump on May 30, 2019, the class of 2019 graduated as second lieutenants with the Thunderbirds overhead. The team could not be more proud of the impact that the 19ers had on its success. 5 graduates are going on to attend ENJJPT, 4 will attend UPT, 1 will attend graduate school, and 1 will go on as a space operator. Best of luck!
New Flying Team Members receive iconic snoopy patches
US Air Force Academy, Colorado - Newly selected flying team members from the class of 2022 received their snoopy patches on May 22, 2019. Members of the class of 2019 passed on their patches and advice to the new aviators about to fill their places on the team.
USAFA Places 5th at 2019 National Championship
Janesville, Wisconsin - The USAFA Flying Team battled their way to a fifth place finish at the NIFA National SAFECON Championship, May 13-18, 2019. This finish comes as a high mark for the cadets, as the team placed ninth in the nation in 2018 and historically struggled to snatch a top five finish. The competition, hosted by the University of Wisconsin, saw its share of poor weather and event delays, but the outcome was all that the team hoped for.
Flying Team uses spring break to train for competition
Hillsboro, Texas - For the first five days of spring break 2019, the team established operations at the small public airport in Texas. After dropping lines of chalk on the runway and painting message drop targets on the ground, the team lost no time taking advantage of the beautiful flying weather and starting the practice for Nationals.