First FAIP flagship unveiled at Laughlin AFB

First assignment instructor pilots from the 87th Flying Training Squadron stand together at their flagship’s reveal June 26, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. “We bring a different set of experiences and instruction as first assignment instructor pilots when compared with our counterparts on the operational side,” Capt. Melaine Valentin, 47th Student Squadron instructor pilot and art designer for the first assignment instructor pilot flagship, said. “It’s not always easy watching your undergraduate pilot training classmates go and travel the world, moving cargo, executing airstrikes, and deploying while you remain at Laughlin instructing. However, it’s an important mission we accomplish here at Laughlin, and so are the friendships and experiences we build here. The FAIP jet represents that.” (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)
First assignment instructor pilots from the 87th Flying Training Squadron stand together at their flagship’s reveal June 26, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. “We bring a different set of experiences and instruction as first assignment instructor pilots when compared with our counterparts on the operational side,” Capt. Melaine Valentin, 47th Student Squadron instructor pilot and art designer for the first assignment instructor pilot flagship, said. “It’s not always easy watching your undergraduate pilot training classmates go and travel the world, moving cargo, executing airstrikes, and deploying while you remain at Laughlin instructing. However, it’s an important mission we accomplish here at Laughlin, and so are the friendships and experiences we build here. The FAIP jet represents that.” (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

First assignment instructor pilots from the 87th Flying Training Squadron stand together at their flagship’s reveal June 26, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. “We bring a different set of experiences and instruction as first assignment instructor pilots when compared with our counterparts on the operational side,” Capt. Melaine Valentin, 47th Student Squadron instructor pilot and art designer for the first assignment instructor pilot flagship, said. “It’s not always easy watching your undergraduate pilot training classmates go and travel the world, moving cargo, executing airstrikes, and deploying while you remain at Laughlin instructing. However, it’s an important mission we accomplish here at Laughlin, and so are the friendships and experiences we build here. The FAIP jet represents that.” (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

First assignment instructor pilots from the 87th Flying Training Squadron stand together at their flagship’s reveal June 26, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. “We bring a different set of experiences and instruction as first assignment instructor pilots when compared with our counterparts on the operational side,” Capt. Melaine Valentin, 47th Student Squadron instructor pilot and art designer for the first assignment instructor pilot flagship, said. “It’s not always easy watching your undergraduate pilot training classmates go and travel the world, moving cargo, executing airstrikes, and deploying while you remain at Laughlin instructing. However, it’s an important mission we accomplish here at Laughlin, and so are the friendships and experiences we build here. The FAIP jet represents that.” (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)
First assignment instructor pilots from the 87th Flying Training Squadron stand together at their flagship’s reveal June 26, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. “We bring a different set of experiences and instruction as first assignment instructor pilots when compared with our counterparts on the operational side,” Capt. Melaine Valentin, 47th Student Squadron instructor pilot and art designer for the first assignment instructor pilot flagship, said. “It’s not always easy watching your undergraduate pilot training classmates go and travel the world, moving cargo, executing airstrikes, and deploying while you remain at Laughlin instructing. However, it’s an important mission we accomplish here at Laughlin, and so are the friendships and experiences we build here. The FAIP jet represents that.” (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

The 47th Maintenance Directorate corrosion control team who paint Laughlin’s aircraft, celebrate after Capt. Melaine Valentin, 47th Student Squadron instructor pilot, presents the team with a thank you gift from the 87th FTS at the unveiling of the T-38C Talon FAIP flagship July 26, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Valentine believes having their own flagship will inspire FAIPS to keep holding the line, pursue the mission, and wave the FAIP flap with pride for years to come. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

The hangar doors open to reveal the T-38C Talon aircraft, painted with a first assignment instructor pilot theme, as pilots and maintainers alike watch eagerly from outside, June 26, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. “The best part was seeing Valentin’s face and how excited all the pilots were,” Juan Gonzalez, 47 MXD corrosion control work lead, said. “Col. Jones complimented our work and that meant a great deal to us. We feel proud of the work we did.” (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

Capt. Melaine Valentin, 47th Student Squadron instructor pilot and art designer for the first assignment instructor pilot flagship, takes pictures of the aircraft after its reveal June 26, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Valentin described how incredible it was to see everyone’s hard work come to fruition. “Getting to see the glossy paint up-close and personal is always awesome; as much as these jets fly, it won’t stay clean and shiny forever,” she said. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

The 47th Maintenance Directorate corrosion control team who painted Laughlin’s aircraft, and Capt. Melaine Valentin, 47th Student Squadron instructor pilot and art designer for the first assignment instructor pilot flagship, gather for a photo at the unveiling of the T-38C Talon FAIP flagship July 26, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Valentin provided the 47th MXD’s corrosion control team with a 2D plan for the aircraft’s paint design, and the corrosion control team turned it into a 3D reality. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

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