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14 Cbc CladonOLcDgcr The CITY SEEN By CHARLES SMITU Clarion-Ledger Clarion-Ledger Clarion-Ledger City Editor COLUMBUS AFB - The mission of this base is to train qualified pilots for the U.S. Air Force. And the skies above the home of the 3650th Pilot Training Wing of the Air Training Command are filled with airplanes. And on the ground there are young men in flying suits almost almost everywhere. The Undergraduate Pilot Training program bung conducted conducted at Columbus enables the pilot trainee to complete his training while assigned to one base. Col. Billy A. McLeod, wing commander, points out this eliminates unnecessary student student moves and reduces training training costs. Clarion-Ledger Clarion-Ledger Clarion-Ledger photographer photographer Claude Sutherland and I flew up to Columbus to gather material and photos for the "Salute To Columbus Week" which gets under way in Jackson today. We learned" a lot about the base from Col. McLeod and from Lt. Tony Fascitelli, in-fromation in-fromation in-fromation officer. Our host for the too-brief too-brief too-brief visit to Columbus was Paul Oliver, executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes Columbus-Lowndes Columbus-Lowndes Industrial Industrial Foundation. Columbus is one of 11 training training wings, all located in the southern United States to take advantage of the good year-around year-around year-around flying weather. It's big business, too. There are more than :i,400 persons assigned to the base, including including about 2,900 military and 425 civilians. The monthly payroll amounts to alwut $750,000, the third largest among Mississippi's Mississippi's industries. Total operating operating cost at Columbus AFB for the current fiscal year, July 1970 to June 1971, is pro-jecied pro-jecied pro-jecied to be more than $27 6 million. Students spend a total of 208.5 flying hours in training. nnA? 28-1970 28-1970 28-1970 which is equal to most of the fighters of World War II. A combat version, the AT-37, AT-37, AT-37, has been operationally tested in Vietnam for close support of ground troops. The students and his instructor, instructor, seated side-by-side side-by-side side-by-side side-by-side side-by-side in the T-37, T-37, T-37, arc assigned a specific practice area. During his daily flight, each lasting an hour to an hour and a half, the student moves up to advance advance procedures including aerobatics, night instrument and formation flying. He also work's on navigation and crosscountry flying. NOT ALL FLYING But the student doesn't spend all his 17-hour 17-hour 17-hour day in the air. He is scheduled for 450 hours in classroom instruction and additional time is spent in physical training and physiological physiological training, including parachute and ejection seat training. Students also work in ground trainers which give them simulated jet instruments instruments and emergency procedures. Upon successful completion of Phase II. students move up to the T-38 T-38 T-38 Talon, the Air Force's first supersonic undergraduate undergraduate pilot training aircraft aircraft which cost about $SI)(),-000 $SI)(),-000 $SI)(),-000 each. The twin jet engines of this slick bird can boost it to a speed in excess of 800 miles per hour (Mach 1.2) and to an altitude of more than 55,000 feet. The T-38, T-38, T-38, with the characteristics characteristics of a first-line first-line first-line fighter aircraft, was designed to replace replace the subsonic T-33 T-33 T-33 previously previously used as the basic trainer. In the T-33, T-33, T-33, under the careful careful eye of an instructor pilot, a student gets advanced work in instruments, contact missions, missions, navigation and formation formation flying. The instructor pilot (IP) is

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  1. Clarion-Ledger,
  2. 28 Sep 1970, Mon,
  3. Page 14

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