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Laughlin pilots take on the night skies

First Lt. Benjamin Peña, 85th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, sits in a T-6A Texan II, preparing for takeoff on Sept. 18, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Night flying at a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base allows not only more hours in the sky, but it also provides a variety experience so pilots can become accustomed to instrument flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

First Lt. Benjamin Peña, 85th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, sits in a T-6A Texan II, preparing for takeoff on Sept. 18, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Night flying at a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base allows not only more hours in the sky, but it also provides a variety experience so pilots can become accustomed to instrument flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

First Lt. Benjamin Peña and 1st Lt. Nicholas Myers, 85th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilots, place items inside a T-6A Texan II before takeoff on Sept. 18, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Night flying at a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base allows not only more hours in the sky, but it also provides a variety experience so pilots can become accustomed to instrument flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

First Lt. Benjamin Peña and 1st Lt. Nicholas Myers, 85th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilots, place items inside a T-6A Texan II before takeoff on Sept. 18, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Night flying at a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base allows not only more hours in the sky, but it also provides a variety experience so pilots can become accustomed to instrument flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

First Lt. Benjamin Peña and 1st Lt. Nicholas Myers, 85th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilots, place items inside a T-6A Texan II before takeoff on Sept. 18, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Night flying at a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base allows not only more hours in the sky, but it also provides a variety experience so pilots can become accustomed to instrument flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

Art Ramirez, 47th Maintenance Directorate aircraft attendant gives a T-6A Texan II crew signals to prepare for takeoff, Sept. 18, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Night flying at a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base allows not only more hours in the sky, but it also provides a variety experience so pilots can become accustomed to instrument flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

Art Ramirez, 47th Maintenance Directorate aircraft attendant gives a T-6A Texan II crew signals to prepare for takeoff, Sept. 18, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Night flying at a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base allows not only more hours in the sky, but it also provides a variety experience so pilots can become accustomed to instrument flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

Art Ramirez, 47th Maintenance Directorate aircraft attendant gives a T-6A Texan II crew signals to prepare for takeoff, Sept. 18, 2019, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Night flying at a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base allows not only more hours in the sky, but it also provides a variety experience so pilots can become accustomed to instrument flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- First Lt. Benjamin Peña, 85th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, sits in a T-6A Texan II, preparing for takeoff on Sept. 18, 2019 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Night flying at a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base allows not only more hours in the sky, but it also provides a variety experience so pilots can become accustomed to instrument flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marco A. Gomez)