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Flying through the viewfinder
An Adrenaline infusing rush, like jumping head-first into icy cold water, that creates an overwhelming sense of nervousness in the pit of my stomach. This is what it felt like the first time I flew in a T-6 Texan II. I soon realized I might have one of the best jobs and office views in the Air Force.
Laughlin Airman protect against pandemic in New York
Laughlin's very own med group deployed to Brooklyn to assist in vaccinating the population. To fight against COVID-19 and help citizens get properly vaccinated in a timely manner to protect the densely populated areas.
SUPT Class 21-10 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-10 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, May. 27, 2021. Laughlin is home of the 47th Flying Training Wing, whose mission is to build combat-ready Airmen, leaders and pilots. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Nicholas Larsen)
Laughlin Honors Contributions of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated during the month of May and pays homage to the contributions, influence, history, culture, and achievements.
Wingmanship + Diversity = A regular day at Laughlin AFB
Pilots from all over the globe are trained at bases like Laughlin Air Force Base and to learn skills and knowledge to increase interoperability between our allied countries. They not only learn how to become pilots, but share their culture with US student pilots and instructors, while bringing new ideas to the table.
May Heritage Corner
Given May’s position as the year’s fifth month, it is often associated with growth and success. For Laughlin Air Force Base, that certainly holds true. Throughout the base’s 79-year history, May has seen Laughlin through growth from a plain goat ranch into a thriving and incredibly productive pilot production engine.
Laughlin performs at Wings Over South Texas
Laughlin graced the skies over Corpus Christi Texas with one of the most unique formations that can be flown. Laughlin pilots had the honor to represent the base and Air Force at the Wings Over South Texas air show. The Formation flown is known as a dissimilar formation. “Dissimilar formation is any formation that consists of two or more different types of aircraft. For Laughlin, we used to fly a 3-ship dissimilar formation for graduation flybys,” said Maj Martin Garrett, 86th Flying Training Squadron chief pilot. “These flights would consist of one T-1, one T-6, and one T-38. We added an additional 3 aircraft for our 6-ship dissimilar formation for more of a wow factor.”
Spouse's day take over
Several hundred Laughlin spouses had the time of their life thanks to the hard work of some Laughlin members and the support of community partners. “I was amazed,” said Senior Master Sgt. Wakisha Humphries, Wing Day in Honor of Spouses project officer. “Everyone at Laughlin stepped up and did whatever they could to make this day successful. When our local community partners heard about it, we couldn’t have had more amazing support.” The celebration kicked off with a ceremony at the wing’s Heritage Park, located across from wing headquarters that saluted spouses for their amazing support. Before they entered the park, spouses had the chance to grab a free breakfast taco and organizers had contracted a local gourmet coffee truck to provide coffee for all spouses.
XLer of the week: Michael Saldua
Michael Saldua, 47th Maintenance Directorate aircraft mechanic, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of May. 05, 2021, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Carey Jones, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. David Snarr, 47th FTW command chief master
SUPT Class 21-09 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-09 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, May. 6, 2021. Laughlin is home of the 47th Flying Training Wing, whose mission is to build combat-ready Airmen, leaders and pilots. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class David Phaff)