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Doing the lords work Chuck! We all know I would have to bore those young folks by telling them stories of dragging my toolbox across miles of flight-line inthe rain to do my preflights
As a former cadet, I am appalled, appalled I tell you! I had to walk to the flight line, in sweltering SoCal heat, BOTH ways! It built character dammit! These young whipper snappers don't know how good they have it.I am up at Oshkosh this week, working at the CAP National Flight Academy. 14 day intensive program for 18 lucky 16-19 year olds that takes them from 0 time to solo - all funded by CAP and AF. Cadets eat and sleep and study at a compound near the ramp area. Bunkhouse/squad bay type accommodations - the kitchen equipment all came from the DFAC/mess at former NAS Glenview - hence the tray pic. 8 x 172's here, each student flies 2 x's per day mastering pre solo maneuvers in 61.87. Cadet students come with FAA 3rd Class medical in hand, Student Pilot Certificates are issued here. Volunteer CFI's.
Really impressive group of young people. An army of great adult volunteers doing everything from laundry to cooking, to keeping parents up to speed. The future is in good hands. Watching this happen gives you faith in humans again
Oh and in true Air Force cultural fashion, a crew van drives cadets and IP's to flight line all day long.
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Well that's kind of you to say - I am nothing more than the AF Liaison GS dude - I get to say thanks to the volunteers who do the real work and yeah I got to teach a little ground school to the cadets - but mostly it was doing AIM/FAR/Systems/Aero trivia for and handing out glamorous prizes like our unit challenge coins (that and my due diligence/risk management duties as the "DoD Official" onsite)As a former cadet, I am appalled, appalled I tell you! I had to walk to the flight line, in sweltering SoCal heat, BOTH ways! It built character dammit! These young whipper snappers don't know how good they have it.
On a more serious note, Chuck you're giving these young men and women some of the best experiences they could have. CAP's National Cadet Special Activities like flight academy, glider academy, Osh Kosh Blue Beret, and the AF fighter pilot familiarization course (If they're still doing it) are some of the hidden, unsung gems of the cadet program.