Nevada Proud: Four Fighter Pilots from Botswana Graduate Local Flight Program Led by Former Top Gun Instructors

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Updated: 10/19/2013 10:52 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & - Four fighter pilots from the Botswana Air Defense program have graduated from a local flight school led by former instructors with the Top Gun program in Fallon.

Since arriving in September, these men have completed 20 hours of ground school, six hours of cockpit drills and nine flights in the F-5; the aircraft of choice for the Botswana military.

It's like taking a karate student and from one day he's a brown belt, watching him fight and the next day he gets his black belt and he's a completely different student,” RC Thompson, Owner of Tactical Air Support, Inc. and former commander of the Top Gun program said.

Thompson said former Top Gun instructors spend the majority of time teaching students basic combat flight.

“Think about it this way, if you were a football team and you executed the basics very well, you'd be a very good football team.  Do we give away tactical secrets? No, not at all.  Our syllabus is vetted through the department of defense and state,” Thompson said.
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Battleaxe Lead - 10/24/2013 10:08 AM
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Dawg Thompson has been a star since his conversion from Army helos to Navy A7s, to Top Gun and Air Wing command. This program is in good hands; hopefully the proprietary impulses within OPNAV will see it that way.

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