These were all taken last summer when I was on Primary Flight Training in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. It’s the first of three flight training courses to become a fully fledged Royal Canadian Air Force Pilot. Lots of hard work and studying (most of the time) but seriously the most fun you can have with clothes on. We had an extended period of shitty weather and myself and my good friend Robbie (the guy with the helmet on in the pics) got tired of not having a plane to fly around. So, combine not having a lot to do with having a lot of time to do nothing in, add in pilots where not ever really growing up is pretty much a job requirement. Find some spare boxes from the maintenance guys, buy some spray paint and chop a nerf football in half and we were in business. The test “flights” were hilarious, mainly because the thing didn’t fit in a car so driving around an airport with it on the roof of my car got us a few strange looks. Also in true Top Gun style, we had to buzz the tower.
Attached are a bunch of pics and a couple of videos of the cardboard plane in action, as well as the real one that we were flying (the Grob 120A), plus a photo of me in the bathtub a rite of passage for completing my first solo flight. This link is the official take on what we do in the military pilot training world here in Canada, which is usually quite a serious undertaking, and produces some of the best trained pilots in the world.
Thanks Rich for sending these in.
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