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These F-16 Warriors Build The Next Generation of Fighter Pilots | VIDEO

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America’s Next Generation of F-16 Warriors Are Trained At Luke AFB

The words “training, practice and instruction” can be applied to any job or business. But when it comes to preparing fighter pilots to be the best in the world, “training, practice and instruction” are words whose definition are refined. Two of the instructor pilots at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona discuss what goes in to their jobs during the F-16 Basic Course for pilots.

In any military discipline, training is never the same as combat. Simulation is just that – there are no real targets, no lives at stake, no opposition fire. The goal of the instructors is to instill a mindset that winning is everything, that second place means you’re dead, that training to a razor’s edge is the only way to get maximum performance from the pilot and the aircraft.

Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school.

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