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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 10:33 AM
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6. I had a student like that.
Back in the 60s I instructed army student pilots in instrument and multi-engine at Ft. Rucker, AL.
It was a civilian contract job.

I had this one guy who just did not have (and could not get) a clue about flying. I tried everything I could think of to get it across to him. It was just damned hopeless.

I asked him why he was in flight school.
"The extra hundred bucks a month I get for flight pay."
I told him that I was sorry, but that he was in the wrong business for the wrong reason.

He failed every one of his check rides and was 'washed back' to the next class. He was still in the program when I left for TWA.
The Viet Nam war was in full crank and NOBODY seemed to wash out of the program. They needed the warm bodies.
I often wonder what happened to him.
If they gave him his wings, I'm sure he didn't last long.
Wonder how many he took with him?

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