This week we were able to stop by Jump and Soaring, you will also be seeing coverage of Powered Flight from us in the coming weeks.
3rd Class Cadets this summer will participate in AM-490, in other words Jump! It is one of the more challenging programs provided by USAFA, a parachuting training course that is the only location in the world where students perform their first jump all by themselves. Its purpose is to develop leadership traits through overcoming their own fears. They will be given instruction in basic free fall parachuting and familiarization with emergency parachuting. The successful completion of 5 Jumps results in award of the Air Force basic parachutist badge and completion during summer before sophomore year fills one of the few military training requirements that Cadets at USAFA have. Several hundred Cadets over the course of this summer will have to STAND IN THE DOOR. Below are some of our highlights from their GT (Ground Training) earlier this week, check back next week for our coverage of their Jumps!
To view the rest of the pictures from Jump go to Classes - 2019 - Jump. Or click the link below.
The Basic Soaring program (Airmanship 251) provides a motivational experience for all 3rd class cadets. This program is the largest Glider operation in the world and its mission is to build character, and help motivate cadets as well as form the foundation of cadet exposure to military aviation, which is what many of them will do in their Air Force careers following their 4 years at the Academy. The cadets first experience soaring in the TG-10B or TG-16A which familiarizes them with aircraft controls, the ever-present crew checklists, area/pattern work, and the perspective to earth.
Cadets at Soaring are making their way through their 10-14 Flights. Once they have completed and passed 10 accompanied flights, they are able to go for their solo flight. Cadets will cycle through this program every two weeks. We were able to get coverage of two of the three groups currently going through the program, be sure to check back next week for our coverage of the third group currently in Airmanship 251.
To view the rest of the pictures from Soaring go to Classes - 2019 - Soaring.