Al Marsh

Air Force students featured in October succeed

January 15, 2009 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

Where are the Air Force candidates now?

The U.S. Air Force pilot candidates featured in the October 2008 AOPA Pilot article “Solo!” have completed initial flight screening and moved on to higher-level training. Here’s where they are now. 

Lt. Andrew Maston is completing multiengine training in a Hawker Beechcraft King Air with the U.S. Navy at Corpus Christi, Texas. He heads to Little Rock, Arkansas, for Lockheed C-130 training in February 2009. 

Lt. Kelly Wolters went to Laughlin AFB and trained in a T–6A Texan II and a T–1A business jet. She graduates January 23 and takes Survive, Evade, Resist, Escape training prior to heading to Altus AFB, Oklahoma, to train in the giant C–17 transport aircraft. After training she will fly the C-17 out of McGuire AFB, New Jersey. 

Lt. Josiah Smith and Lt. Tandon Mardis went to Columbus AFB, Mississippi, to fly the T–6 Texan II and will next fly a trainer based on a Hawker Beechcraft business jet, as will Lt. Ben Gleckler.  

Lt. David Foster went to Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma, to train in the single-engine Hawker Beechcraft T–6A Texan II. His training was interrupted to correct a sinus problem and will resume soon.

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