Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Whiting AF training ends

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. -- A 19-year arrangement ended when the last Air Force pilot finished his instrumentation test this week. Nearly 100 Air Force student pilots annually have taken the main phase of their flight training at Naval Air Station Whiting Field while the same number of Navy pilots have trained at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla. But the services decided to end the reciprocal agreement to save travel expenses and trim other associated costs. Although the Air Force's exit means no more of its student pilots at Whiting, 18 of that branch's instructors will continue to be based there to help train Naval and Coast Guard students. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/24/13)