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Capt. Hunter Barnhill, 37th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, trains on his road bike May 15, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Barnhill will bike anywhere from a few miles to over 15 miles in one training session. As a member of the Air Force Wounded Warrior program he is preparing for the 2018 Warrior Games June 1-9 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) Instructor pilot shares experience in AFW2 program before competing in Warrior Games
The end of an Easter egg hunt in 2017 brought Capt. Hunter Barnhill, 37th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, down to the ground as his body was trapped in a seizure.
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2018
Retired Col. Cesar Rodriguez, a former F-15 Eagle pilot, speaks at the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-08 graduation April 27, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Rodriguez spoke about the importance of family, friends and teamwork for every Airmen and leader in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) Retired Col. Rodriguez brings passion to SUPT Class 18-08 graduation
Retired Col. Cesar Rodriguez, a former F-15 Eagle pilot, spoke to Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 18-08 during their graduation April 27, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi.
0 5/03
2018
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Cheryl Buehn, 71st Fighter Training Squadron T-38A Talon nstructor pilot, poses in front of T-38A Talons at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, March 27, 2018. Fighter pilot takes inspiration to new heights
“I hear at times in my uniform out and about in daily life, ‘do they let women fly?’” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Cheryl Buehn, the only female instructor pilot in the 71st Fighter Training Squadron. “I don’t think they realize they’re asking a female fighter pilot. So I take a breath and I say, ‘absolutely. They let women fly fighters, tankers, RPAs, everything. Both men and women fly a lot of different platforms, and everyone is important to the fight right now.’”
0 3/30
2018
An instructor pilot and student pilot from the 37th Flying Training Squadron prepare for a flight Sept. 28, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Instructor pilots fly with the student pilots on almost every flight to provide immediate feedback and help with any grading and teaching the students may need. An IP can fly up to three times in one day, with each flight reaching almost three hours of total flight-time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) AF awards recognize pilot excellence
With a continued focus on solving the pilot retention problem and maintaining air dominance, Air Force senior leaders look to celebrate the culture and flying expertise of their pilots.
0 12/13
2017
Default Air Force Logo Active-duty positions added for Guard, Reserve pilots
Air National Guard and Reserve pilots now have 20 more opportunities to fly in order to augment active-duty chronic vacancies across the force.
0 10/25
2017
Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing commander, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., conducts pre-flight checks on Doc, a restored B-29 Superfortress, June 9, 2017, on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Tibbets’ grandfather, retired Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., piloted the ‘Enola Gay,’ during WWII and dropped the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tara Fadenrecht) Grandson of Enola Gay pilot flies refurbished B-29
Wichita’s beloved B-29 Superfortress, Doc, took to the skies yet again June 9, 2017, from McConnell Air Force Base, this time with an added aspect of historical significance and Air Force heritage. Sitting in the co-pilot seat was Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, the 509th Bomb Wing commander. Taking control of the aircraft means he has now flown the only two currently operational B-29s, Doc and Fifi.
0 6/12
2017
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