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Chapter III. Main Dishes

The main dish of the career was now upon us. Having demonstrated to all that Tony could live the life of a Tactical Air Command pilot and handle an airplane reasonably well, he earned an assignment into the A-10. The training pipeline for this aircraft was about six months long, and was conducted at Davis-Monthan AFB near Tucson, Arizona. The airplane was fairly easy to fly, but since it was single seat, the very first flight was solo. The instructor flies his own aircraft (another A-10) just a few feet behind the student aircraft in what is called ...

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