Training Air Wing Two
Over 200 students a year report to Training Air Wing TWO. These students report to one of two training squadrons, Training Squadron TWENTY ONE or Training Squadron TWENTY TWO. The Training Air Wing is responsible for providing the fleet with newly winged Navy and Marine Corps aviators. The Air Wing consists of approximately 250 student naval aviators, 75 instuctor pilots, 80 enlisted personnel, and 75 T-45A "Goshawk" aircraft. Introduced to NAS Kingsville in 1992, the Goshawk is part of the T-45A Training System(TS) developed by McDonnell Douglas , now Boeing Aircraft Company. The students undergo a rigorous syllabus in the T-45A Goshawk on the way to earning their Wings of Gold.
The Training Wing TWO Ground Training Department provides for classroom instruction, computer aided instruction, and flight simulation in instument and operational flight trainers. Boeing contract maintenance and support departments provide the Navy the maintenance and upkeep for the aircraft, support for the aircrew's flight gear, and support for all of the ground and simulator instruction. Strike Instructor Training School, also a part of Training Air Wing TWO, prepares winged fleet aviators to become flight instructors in the T-45A.
Students report to Training Air Wing TWO at NAS Kingsville from primary flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX or NAS Whitiing Field, Milton, FL. They immediately begin nearly nine months of training here at Naval Air Station Kingsville.
Training begins in the Ground Training department of Training Wing TWO and consists of three weeks of classroom instruction. Students attend classes on subjects that include Engineering (T-45A), Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Flight Rules and Regulations, and Instrument Navigation. During this ground school training they also begin simulator events that teach them capabilities and systems in the T-45A and how to deal with malfunctions of those systems.
The T-45TS Strike Flight Curriculum is comprised of 16 flight stages. During these 16 stages students will fly approximately 156 hours. This includes nearly 47 hours of solo flight time. Students will also fly approximately 96 hours in aircraft simulators before they complete the syllabus.
The first eight stages of training are designed to introduce the student naval aviator to jet aircraft and provide a basis for future stages. They include, Instrument training, Jet Familiarization flights, Formation flights, Night Familiarization flights, and Land Based Carrier Qualifications. During these stages the students are qualified to fly solo in the T-45A in all weather conditions, they learn to fly in two and four plane formation flights, and they learn how to land the T-45A the same way they will on an Aircraft Carrier.
The later stages of training introduce the student to the strike community with Operational Navigation in which the students learn to plan and fly low level flight routes. They also fly Weapons, Guns, and Air Combat Maneuvers which introduce the student to different offensive weapons and tactics. In weapons the students drop 25 lb. Practice bombs at a target range near Kingsville, they practice gunnery and Air Combat Maneuvers with other aircraft and a camera mounted in the cockpit that records the encounters. These stages prepare the students for the tactical jets that they will be flying when they leave Kingsville for the US Navy fleet.
The syllabus culminates in the second Carrier Qualification Stage when the students travel to an active aircraft carrier to complete their Carrier Qualification and make their first Carrier Landings. Every student must carrier qualify by completing 14 landings and 10 arrested landings aboard an Aircraft Carrier before they earn their Wings of Gold.
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