Powered Flight

The weather cooperated on Monday for M Day flights and all three go's were able to fly.  However, for Tuesday's T Day there was a weather forecast of large hail in the afternoon.  So the 2nd go took off early and Webguy missed their takeoff's, but we caught up with them on their landing and parking of the planes.  It was a quick photo shoot since they landed and the planes were then quickly taken into the hangars.  All of this took about 15 minutes! The 3rd go for T Day was cancelled due to the impending weather.


The 557th Flying Training Squadron provides exposure to an operational Air Force flying squadron through the Powered Flight Program and gives the opportunity to possibly solo a light, general aviation aircraft.


Cadets are normally enrolled in AM-420 during their second or first-class year. Cadets who complete AM-420 are eligible to wear Cadet Flight Wings. The class is intended to motivate cadets to commit to serving as a rated officer.



Powered Flight is a capstone course that serves as a culmination of a cadet’s aviation education. Lessons in Air Force heritage and principles of engineering are applied in real-life scenarios during nine flights in a single engine propeller driven aircraft. The training includes ground and flight instruction using T-53s (Cirrus SR20), military instructors provide a basic introduction to Air Force pilot training and the experience of powered flight. The training includes ground and flight instruction under an Air Education and Training Command (AETC) flying syllabus.



To view the rest of the pictures from our coverage, go to; GALLERIES > Airmanship > Powered Flight. Set your photo order Oldest to Newest. Select your start page or click the link below.

***Photo order must be set OLDEST to NEWEST for the links to take you to the correct start page.

Fall Semester Second Session M Day pgs. 61 (top of page) -77   M Day

Fall Semester Second Session T Day pgs. 78-88   T Day