It’s a huge privilege to learn to fly this jet. It’s fast, nimble, and fully carrier capable. It’ll do 7.3g and Mach 0.84. Quite a step up from the 180 knot, round-dial Mentor. This is major-league flying.
A row of Goshawks waits out a storm in the safety of the hangar. The speed brakes can be seen extended on 169.
Posing with the jet a few days before my first solo.
Had a chance to share some of my experiences with a STARBASE class in Mississippi. I was a STARBASE student as a kid, and it made a huge impact on me and my decision to pursue a career in aviation.