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Dakota Newton
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Week Fifty-Five: Wings
UPT is over. I've finally received my wings and aeronautical rating as an Air Force Pilot. It's been such an awesome year, and I've gotten to do things I didn't think possible. Some of my best memories were made here, along with some lifelong friends. Along...

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Week Fifty-Four: One more week
Finally down to the last week of UPT! After a long year of training, only five days remain before we get our wings. I've got four more flights to complete before that happens though, so this week will still be full of flight, at least for the first couple d...

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Week Fifty-Three: VIPERS
Assignment night finally arrived this week, and as you can probably guess from the title of this post, I got my first choice: F-16s to Luke AFB! I am extremely stoked, it's still sinking in and it's pretty unbelievable to know which plane I'm heading to. Th...

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Weeks 51 & 52: A Full Year
It's officially been a full year since pilot training began, and I'm still amazed at how quickly it's gone by! As of today I am five days away from knowing my fate; where I'll be headed and more importantly what I'll be flying. It's an amazing feeling, but ...

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Weeks 49 & 50: On the Brink, Back Again
It's getting really close now! I counted it out and after this post I'll only have two left to do until the week of assignment night. Very crazy… Anyway a lot of stuff has happened over these past two weeks, so I'll get right into it: We've hit a string of ...

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Week Forty-Eight: Tactical Formation
Well, we started up with Tac Form, which has been pretty awesome. This is the last big thing we'll learn in UPT, and probably the most important, since the fighter world uses tactical a lot. There are fourteen rides in the tac form block of training, which ...

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Week 47: Formation Solo
It's been a pretty good week, the weather cooperated with us and I got the chance to fly solo in a two-ship formation on Friday afternoon. I had three tours in the RSU as spotter this week, which is when you ensure the 38s landing on the outside runway don'...

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Weeks 43, 44, 45, & 46: It's Been Awhile
Well, it has been a long time since I updated this. A lot has happened in between now and my last post, but overall things have been pretty good. We started up with formation, and we've been going pretty strong into it despite the fact that we still had to ...

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Week Forty-Two: Cross Country
You guessed it, this week's post is all about our T-38 cross country, which we did this past weekend (hence the late post). This was a pretty cool experience, and a helpful one. Because this cross country sees us a little wiser when it comes to instrument f...

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Week Forty-One: Transition Check Ride
Pretty busy week, a lot of flights and a lot happened. I was only three rides away from my Transition check ride, so I finished them up by Tuesday to be ready to check on Wednesday. The weather has actually been pretty amazing, with some slightly gusty wind...
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