If you are interested in
attending flight school, in
the U.S. Army, please visit the
The U.S. Army - at www.army.mil
Main gate which started the experience of flight school. (photo from VHPA Ft. Wolters)
Welcome to Fort Wolters, Texas. Home of the US Army Primary
Aviator Flight School.
Please visit the VHPA (VietNam Helicopter Pilots Association) Chapter in Fort Wolters web site contains history, photos of Fort Wolters, Now and Than. They have recently added many new photos. Also, visit their Museum page.
We came by bus, train, plane and cars. We came for one purpose...To FLY. This was our first stop in Army Aviation.
In The Beginning.... for Warrant Officer Candidates (WOCS), it was first to Preflight, the first step in training to becoming part of the officer corp. For Officers, since they should have already learned how to be one, it was to the flight line.
Students came from the around the world to learn to fly by the U.S. Army. The United States Army has a long history of training anyone who would serve the interests of the United States and their mission. Besides training Americans, they trained foreign students from Allied nations. These young people came to our country and struggled to learn to fly, their understanding and use of our language was a hindrance to them and most did accomplished their mission to help their own governments. No matter where you came from or how to arrived at the doorstep of the U.S. Army Flight School, you faced a new world.
Learning how to fly was an experience and learning how to fly helicopters is a career. Each person who stepped off the bus, train, plane or came by car looked forward to flying. Apprehensive, excited, scared, eager and assorted other feelings filled their minds. With baggage in hand they took their first steps in a whole new world.
The Army also performed the initial helicopter training for the United States Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. They have provided flight training to almost every branch, agency and department of US government who needs pilots.
The First Phase of flight school, for WOCS, was preflight. This was an eye opener. This was the ground school which prepared them to join the officer ranks. They also received most of their corrective training here. "On the wall, candidate"
Let us not
forget our weekend passes.
By request, here is a Guestbook similar to the one we lost.
This is why we serve and defend our country.
assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen"
"War is an art and
as such is not susceptible of explanation by fixed formula"
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