After UPT, I spent four more years in Columbus as a T-38 instructor. I don’t remember another class being profiled in the local newspaper (outside of the Police Blotter section). When I turned 50, my mom sent me a time-capsule full of pictures, keepsakes, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings. This long-forgotten story and the associated pictures from the Columbus Commercial Dispatch were among the treasures in that time-capsule.
I had saved a copy of the base newspaper, Silver Wings, with our graduation mug shots. I’m glad to be able to digitize the pictures to preserve them here, because my original paper is about to fall apart.