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Old 05-22-2019, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by hawgwild View Post
Ok, I’ll what exactly is a “super NFO” program? Do they issue you cape with your wings?
It was a program from about 1996-2000 I think (I left in 98; I was an IP) where student NFOs flew their first 12 hops in the front seat of the T-34, learning takeoffs, landings, aerobatics, stalls, and spins. The concept was to familiarize them with a pilot’s perspective. It was a joint USN and USAF program.

But they did not solo.

After those 12 rides, they rode in the trunk.

As I understand it, they shut down the program because it cost too much money, and took almost as long to graduate as going to pilot training.
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