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SUPT Class 21-14 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-14 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Aug, 20, 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)
The instructors behind virtual take off
Over the past decade, anyone with a computer and a copy of flight simulator software has had the experience of flying over the virtual skies. The United States Air Force takes this concept to a whole new level and the simulators they use to train student pilots at Laughlin Air Force Base dwarf the at-home versions. These monstrous contraptions even mirror the layout of the aircraft down to the smallest detail.
8/5 day the start of a new tradition
A new tradition has been introduced into the rich mythos of Laughlin Air Force Base. August 5th will now be known as 8/5 day to celebrate our very own 85th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) more commonly called “The Tigers”. This new tradition will live on in Laughlin for as long as the historic squadron claims it as home. “We are starting a tradition,” exclaimed Lt. Col. Brian Tripp, 85th FTS commander. “Every year has 8/5 and why not honor the Tigers that day, celebrate our heritage, really get some morale going, and just get a lot of flying in!” The competition will pit instructor pilot against instructor pilot as they fly in two events. The first being a low level flight based on how long it takes to reach the arrival time. The second event, an emergency procedure competition, focuses on the air speed and distance the pilot can land.
SUPT Class 21-13 set to graduate
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-13 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, July, 30, 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)
Laughlin Switches Main Gate
Laughlin’s residents and employees will be making adjustments to their daily commutes after the West Gate closed July 17, 2021 to allow for construction to get underway on several site upgrades on our gate infrastructure. Base access is limited to the North Gate for the duration of the project which is expected to last up to 60 days.
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.
XLer of the week: Mr. Alberto Ramirez
Mr. Alberto Ramirez, 47th Maintenance Directorate power support systems work leader, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of Mar. 31, 2021, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Lewis, 47th Operations
XLer of the week: Capt. Alexander Belvo
Capt. Alexander Belvo, 47th Healthcare Operations Squadron medical logistics flight commander, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of Mar. 8, 2021, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Lewis, 47th
Deputy commander meets with Laughlin teammates, experiences Team XL
Maj. Gen. William Spangenthal, deputy commander of Air Education and Training Command, visited the 47th Flying Training Wing this month to witness how Team XL is furthering an environment of excellence for Airmen stationed here. Cultivating an environment of excellence includes ensuring Airmen and families have a safe, secure environment for them to live and work. This was reinforced during Spangenthal’s visit as he toured Ricks Hall and enlisted dorms.
A new first step
Undergraduate student pilots at Laughlin Air Force Base now have a new first step in their training to become the world's most combat ready pilots: the student success course. The course incorporates classroom learning and physical training to help prepare their minds and bodies for the year-long training they will soon embark on. It also provides students in upcoming classes a chance to come together as a team in a low-threat environment.