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  • "The Air Force is my family and my family is the Air Force"

    For some pilots, the dream to fly begins the moment they are born. For 1st Lt. Chad Chapman, 47th Student Squadron T-38 Talon student pilot, it took a little longer for those dreams to make an appearance. “I’m the fourth generation of pilots in my family, but I didn’t always want to become a pilot,”

  • 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 Student Squadron student pilot before his first flight, “A little bit of anxiety, but

  • 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