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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Austin Kong, 23rd Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, maneuvers a TH-1H Huey during an aircraft familiarization flight for instructor and student pilots from the 14th Student Squadron, Jan. 26, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. During pilot training, students at Columbus AFB only fly the T-6 Texas II, T- 38C Talon, and T- 1A Jayhawk. The aircraft familiarization flight gave them an opportunity to experience new aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Austin Kong, 23rd Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, maneuvers a TH-1H Huey during an aircraft familiarization flight for instructor and student pilots from the 14th Student Squadron, Jan. 26, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. During pilot training, students from Columbus AFB only fly the T-6 Texas II, T- 38C Talon, and T- 1A Jayhawk. The aircraft familiarization flight gave them an opportunity to experience new aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)

U.S. Air Force student pilots assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing on prepare for an aircraft familiarization flight on the TH-1H provided by the 23rd Flying Training Squadron at Fort Rucker Ala., Jan. 26, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The flight was an educational experience for Columbus AFB instructor and student pilots to learn about the TH-1H and its capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force student pilots assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing on Columbus prepare for an aircraft familiarization flight on the TH-1H provided by the 23rd Flying Training Squadron at Fort Rucker Ala., Jan. 26, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The flight was an educational experience for Columbus AFB instructor and student pilots to learn about the TH-1H and its capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Hayden Reynolds, 23rd Flying Training Squadron instructor flight engineer, looks over a TH-1H Huey checklist before takeoff Jan. 26, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Upon clearing tests, TH-1Hs were released to the Air Education and Training Command to better prepare student pilots for platforms they'll use in their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Hayden Reynolds, 23rd Flying Training Squadron instructor flight engineer, looks over a TH-1H Huey checklist before takeoff Jan. 26, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Upon clearing tests, TH-1Hs were released to the Air Education and Training Command to better prepare student pilots for platforms they'll use in their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Hayden Reynolds, 23rd Flying Training Squadron instructor flight engineer, signals the pilots for take-off for an aircraft familiarization flight on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., Jan. 26, 2021. Since January, 1994, the 23d FTS is the United States Air Force's primary source of helicopter pilots for special operations, combat search and rescue, missile support, and distinguished visitor airlift missions.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Hayden Reynolds, 23rd Flying Training Squadron instructor flight engineer, signals the pilots for take-off for an aircraft familiarization flight on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., Jan. 26, 2021. Since January, 1994, the 23d FTS is the United States Air Force's primary source of helicopter pilots for special operations, combat search and rescue, missile support, and distinguished visitor airlift missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Hayden Reynolds, 23rd Flying Training Squadron instructor flight engineer, checks the ground before landing a TH-1H Huey Jan. 26, 2021, in Columbus, Miss. The Vietnam-era UH-1H helicopters were converted into brand new TH-1H helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Hayden Reynolds, 23rd Flying Training Squadron instructor flight engineer, checks the ground before landing a TH-1H Huey Jan. 26, 2021, in Columbus, Miss. The Vietnam-era UH-1H helicopters were converted into brand new TH-1H helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Kevin Schroeder, 14th Student Squadron student pilot, looks out of a TH-1H Huey during an incentive ride Jan. 26, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. In December, 2004, modification of the existing UH-1H into the TH-1H configuration began. Lockheed Martin produced the first TH-1H in July, 2005, (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Kevin Schroeder, 14th Student Squadron student pilot, looks out of a TH-1H Huey during an incentive ride Jan. 26, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. In December, 2004, modification of the existing UH-1H into the TH-1H configuration began. Lockheed Martin produced the first TH-1H in July, 2005, (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)

A U.S. Air Force TH-1H piloted by 1st Lt. Austin Kong, 23rd Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, hovers above the flight line in preparation for take-off on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., Jan. 26, 2021. The 23rd Flying Training Squadron was at Columbus AFB to receive physiological and attitude chamber training provided by the 14th Operations Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

A U.S. Air Force TH-1H piloted by 1st Lt. Austin Kong, 23rd Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, hovers above the flight line in preparation for take-off on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., Jan. 26, 2021. The 23rd Flying Training Squadron was at Columbus AFB to receive physiological and attitude chamber training provided by the 14th Operations Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

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COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. –Columbus Air Force Base hosted personnel from the 23rd Flying Training Squadron at Fort Rucker, Ala., to facilitate training and offer aircraft familiarization flights to prospective pilots, Jan. 26, 2021, on Columbus AFB, Miss.

For the rides, the 23rd FTS brought two TH-1H Iroquois’. The helicopters are used to train pilots attending specialized undergraduate helicopter pilot training at Ft. Rucker.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Philip Strunk, 23rd FTS instructor pilot, also said they brought a group of helicopter student pilots to receive their physiological and altitude chamber training. The pilots are coming back from their initial flight training in Texas.

“We are also here spreading the knowledge of what a helicopter can do and the purpose they serve in the Air Force,” said Strunk. “We are offering aircraft familiarization flights to student and instructor pilots to show them helicopters are actually pretty cool and useful, and they have some amazing capabilities.”

When asked how offering flights to students here contributed to the mission at Columbus AFB, Strunk said it gives student pilots an opportunity to see all their options.

“I feel like if you don’t know what the options are, you don’t have the capability to make an informed decision,” said Strunk. “Overall, it improves the knowledge of what is out there.”

Strunk said his favorite part about flying the TH-1H was being an instructor pilot, stating it is an awesome opportunity to teach the next generation of aviators. He also said he loves the heritage behind the Huey and how fun and maneuverable it is.

To reduce the learning curve for student pilots and ease their transition into the cockpits, the TH-1H has a trio of multifunction displays in a fully night vision goggle compatible cockpit, and identical instrumentation on both the pilot and co-pilot stations.

Strunk offered a final word of advice to prospective student pilots.

“Weigh your options,” he said. “This is an awesome aircraft and it is a lot of fun.”