Powered Flight Summer Session

This week we photographed cadets going through a Summer Powered Flight Session.


Most days had beautiful weather with very little clouds to knock down some of the harsh light. The bright sun did cause a lot of sun glare on most shots looking inside the aircraft.

The 557th Flying Training Squadron provides exposure to an operational Air Force flying squadron through the Powered Flight Program and gives the opportunity to possibly solo a light, general aviation aircraft. Cadets are normally enrolled in AM-420 during their second- or first-class year. Cadets who complete AM-420 are eligible to wear Cadet Flight Wings.


The class is intended to motivate cadets to commit to serving as a rated officer. Powered Flight is a capstone course that serves as a culmination of a cadet’s aviation education. Lessons in Air Force heritage and principles of engineering are applied in real-life scenarios during nine flights in a single engine propeller driven aircraft. The training includes ground and flight instruction using T-53s (Cirrus SR20), military instructors provide a basic introduction to Air Force pilot training and the experience of powered flight. The training includes ground and flight instruction under an Air Education and Training Command (AETC) flying syllabus.

To view the rest of the pictures from our coverage, goto: Galleries; Summer Programs; Powered Flight or click the link below.

Powered Flight