Powered Flight

Colorado had quite the snow storm this past weekend and it took a few days for Airfield Maintenance to get the runways clear.  But they were able to get them cleared in time for Powered Flight to take to the skies this week and start the training for the new class of Powered Flight cadets.


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 more photos from this Powered Flight class, go to Galleries > Airmanship > Powered Flight.  Set photo order Oldest to Newest. Select start page. Or click on the links below.

Powered Flight M Day Pg. 148-161  M Day

Powered Flight T Day Pg. 161- 171  T Day