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Random Griz Aviation Musings

AllAmerican75

Running the IT Help Desk
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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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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.
 

ChuckMK23

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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.
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)

But the opportunities available for young people in this program are amazing. Great stuff!

I am coordinating some rides in C-17's and KC-135's for cadets. The AF is very open to letting people in their transport category/cabin aircraft. Quite a few guys in my office have had their wives up on the flight deck on a C-17 or C-130 during a non tactical transport flight.
 

HAL Pilot

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Back in the day, mid to late 1980s, every summer my squadron would get mids for anywhere between 2 weeks and a month. We always sent them on a long cross country from Moffett Field to Cubi Point, PI so that they could get a real taste for Navy life in Westpac. They usually enjoyed their trips with lots of "Smiles" and such.

We were a very desirable summer cruise destination for midshipmen according to the ROTC LT instructors.
 

hlg6016

A/C Wings Here
that particular year sticks out in my mind because they stayed with us for about a week and the CO somehow got the okay for them to spend some time with the maintenance shops.
 
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