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  • Cancer survivor realizing dream of becoming pilot

    At 18 years old, all Charles Boynton knew was that he wanted to fly. He was infatuated with the thrill and limitless feeling of the sky, but a testicular cancer diagnosis in 2018 threatened to shoot down those dreams. More than two years later, he's set to soar again after surviving his cancer and receiving a medical waiver to fly.
  • AETC command team experiences Sheppard, where combat capability begins

    Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, and AETC Command Chief Master Sgt. Julie Gudgel experienced one of the Air Force's most diverse and unique training bases when they visited Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 19-20, 2020.
  • Aspiring aviators can obtain height waiver to reach dreams

    Do you think you’re too short or too tall to become a pilot in the world’s greatest Air Force? Fear not, you may still have a chance. The Air Force is encouraging aspiring aviators who don’t meet height, or anthropometric, standards to continue to pursue their dreams of flying and apply for waivers to reach their goal.
  • Pilot training moving at the speed of innovation

    The implementation of virtual and augmented realities by the 80th Flying Training Wing is creating a portfolio of tools that allows instructor and student pilots alike to enhance the learning experience within the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program, the world’s only internationally manned and operated combat pilot training program.
  • Wichita Falls mayor soars with 80th FTW

    Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana experienced the mental and physical requirements needed to be an Air Force combat pilot June 12 when he flew a training mission in a T-38C Talon with 80th Flying Training Wing Commander Col. Andrea Themely.
  • Undergraduate Pilot Training; there’s an app for that

    The 80th Flying Training Wing entered this year’s Air Education and Training Command Innovation Challenge after successfully creating an app to make more than 1,500 pages of necessary documents available to its pilots via handheld device.
  • AETC, Sheppard collaborate on Continuum of Learning

    Headquarters Air Education and Training Command Force Development expert Masoud Rasti visited Sheppard Air Force Base April 17, 2018, to help leaders understand implementation of the Air Force’s newest training paradigm, the Continuum of Learning. The CoL was introduced in March 2017 and changes have already been made throughout AETC, including at Sheppard AFB.
  • AF, NATO works to address pilot shortage

    Pilot shortages, syllabus changes among topics discussed during the 75th meeting of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program Steering Committee at Sheppard Air Force Base that wrapped up March 9, 2018.
  • ENJJPT leading the way in new Pilot Training Next program

    When Air Education and Training Command’s newest pilot training program takes to the skies in early 2018 in Central Texas, the fingerprints of the 80th Flying Training Wing’s Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program will be all over it.
  • Film to flying: Former producer finds new success in the sky

    Then Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah James, announced in 2016 that the Air Force could be short roughly 1,000 pilots over the next few years. When the buzz circulated to former film producer, now 2nd Lt. Aaron Doyle, he knew it was his time to serve.
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