A look inside the USAF’s 47th Flying training Wing 

For over 80 years Laughlin AFB has played an important role in training pilots. Since 1972 the 47th Flying Training Wing has been stationed here, specializing in undergraduate pilot training. Frank Visser visited the base to speak with its new commander

Colonel Kevin A. Davidson took over command of the 47th Flight Training Wing in July 2022. It is one of five pilot training units within the Air Education Training Command (AETC) and specializes in Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) for the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and allied nation air forces. It operates the Raytheon T-1A, Beechcraft T-6A and Northrop T-38C aircraft.

“Our pilot training process has gone through a transition over the last couple of years,” Col Davidson explained. “The AETC is accelerating change to produce pilots that are ready for 5th generation and 6th generation future clients.”


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