We are proud to announce our T-6 Texan training program. We're a little different from the run-o-the-mill T-6 checkout program that you'll find... our instructors are ex-USAF types and the transition program was designed by a retired F-15E instructor combining what they did in WWII (he knew a WWII AT-6 IP and used his notes extensively to develop the program) with the way the USAF teaches folks to fly the fighters of today. This is not catch as catch can, kick the tires and light the fires training program. Our programs are designed to teach in depth knowledge of the airplane and the 'How's and Why's' of flying it. Our emphasis is on training safely.... preserve the airplane and the people while developing the judgment to stay alive! Our courses are not just Systems and Speeds, we teach you the background stuff just like the Air Force teaches its Fighter Pilots. The entire course is organized just like modern FTU (Formal Training Unit) courses to teach you how to fly AND fight the airplane.
Transition: Our course is nominally a 10 sortie syllabus that exposes the new Texan Pilot to the quirks of the airplane and aircraft handling in a building block approach. It is proficiency based. We really want you to learn as fast as you can, but we want you to remember what you learn. The course is structured and your progress is dependant on proficiency , we prefer if you can set aside a block of time to come and visit us concentrating on training!
Recurrent: If its been awhile since you've flown the mighty 'Pilot Maker', come fly with us and get your legs back, plus we'll sign off a BFR if you need it!
Aerobatics: We teach aerobatics in the T-6 just like they did in WWII. Stalls, Spins and aerobatics are confidence builders and prepare you to explore the envelope this fantastic Fighter Trainer offers!
Formation: Our formation course is designed to graduate you as a FAST Wingman, or prepare you for the FAST Flight Lead check. Which means we do use those 'standard' Navy style visual signals right out of the FAST book. But the kicker for us is that we teach you the USAF way... to really fly formation. Formation is yet another building block in our training program. Our preferred mission is a Two-Ship, once you are through the T-Check virtually every other sortie will be in formation. A formation is the minimum required for mutual support, we don't just go out and do wing-work and pitch-out/Rejoins.... all that stuff is part of every mission. When you are proficient at being a Wingman we can work on the much harder job of being a Flight Lead.
Low Level Navigation: Just like in the Air Force we fly low levels and navigate using the tried-true method of Clock-Map-Ground (of course we have GPS, but that's just cheatin'). Imagine yourself flying a formation Low Level in Tactical?
Air-to-Air: Now this can get complicated, but is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. I'm sure you've heard of those "Fighter Pilot for a Day" deals where you get to go yank and bank and act like you're doing real A-A. If that's your gig, that's cool. But we teach you how it really works and why, just like the USAF does. And we do it safely, inside the envelope of the airplane and the man. Our instructors for this phase are ex-USAF Fighter Pilots, most of whom taught this stuff for real to the Fighter Pilots of today.
Mission Ready: After you've been through our instructional programs we'll run you through a MQT program just like you would experience in a real USAF squadron. You'll get a "Combat Ready" patch. Don't forget that this is just a license to learn. Every sortie must be a learning experience. It's the way we survive in peace and in war! Training is an ongoing process, for USAF Fighter Pilots the ratio of combat sorties to training sorties is about 4%.
Clobber College: Fighter Squadrons in the 8AF in WWII England discovered that a new Wingman stood a better chance of surviving if he was exposed to mock combat before the real thing. During the Vietnam War the USAF came to the same conclusion and invented the "Red Flag" exercises that are a staple of combat training today. The Eagle Flying Museum has adapted these two programs and developed our own Clobber College. It's not easy, but we put together realistic combat taskings for Strikers and Fighter Cover that must fight through the OpFor (read Bad Guys). We do this well within the envelope of the man and machine, but I'm telling you nothing will get your blood pumping like a strike mission, or Fighter Sweep! Our Clobber College exercises are an unparalleled experience. The ultimate is a 'Combat Surge' for three days in total immersion! You gotta check this out!
Big Multi-Engine Airplane Training
We've done serious training in the B-25 and the C-47. At the moment our big airplane training programs are on hold. If we can ever affiliate with another big warbird we'll jump right on it and present you with the opportunity to really takeoff! In the meantime check out what folks have said about our training programs.
Overview: Flight programs in these airplanes range from single sortie experiences to check-out programs. Whatever you would like to do we have instructors and staff that will make it happen. For checkout programs we have a syllabus designed from the WWII Pilot Training Program for both of these airplanes. Aerobatics is part of the syllabus and is way cool in these well mannered airplanes. Flying is done by the hour and either airplane is a great way to get your tailwheel endorsement, a checkout in type, a BFR, or just have fun for the day. Go to the store and reserve your spot today!
Overview: We have FAST qualified instructors on staff. We use the WWII training manuals for formation (with a little of modern day USAF procedure and technique thrown in). We provide the WWII material and sell the FAST material. If you'd like to learn this extremely rewarding skill we can easily make it happen for you in any of our airplanes. When you sign up you'll get a copy of our formation book as well as the WWII Pilot Training Manual (and digital copies of the specific Airplane books). Go to the store to reserve a class spot or, give us a shout and let us know what you would like to do!