Life of the Columbus Air Base Student
The routine of a student pilot learning to fly at Columbus Air Force Base is as follows:
Wake, work, eat. Study, sleep, repeat.
I liked to squeeze in a daily workout, too, which meant something had to give. Since I had to be at work for 12 hours, was required to sleep for 8 hours, and needed to eat, I cut my study time to hit the gym. As detailed in IF YOU AIN'T A PILOT..., my daily flying grades and academic test scores reflected as much. But I did stay in good shape.
Student pilots who trained at Columbus Air Force Base only expected to be there for a year. After flight school, it was Off we go as newly trained pilots to fly, fight, and win to protect our country and support the causes of freedom and democracy around the world. Or so we thought.
Despite our demanding workload, we tried to have fun wherever and whenever we could.
In the most understated way, the images in this section illustrate the joy in the simplest of moments; yet, they also convey an environment where every move, every maneuver, every instance of relaxation or recreation was subject to scrutiny and evaluation.
Whether rounding third base in a pink hat or sitting on a toilet in a pink scarf, student pilots were being watched and evaluated.
You couldn't escape it. Why not have fun?