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2nd Lt. Adam T. Joyce Graduates SUPT

2nd Lt. Adam T. Joyce Graduates SUPT

Air Force 2nd Lt. Adam T. Joyce has graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The student earned silver wings with an aeronautical rating of pilot in the Air Force.

Student pilots start the 52-week SUPT program by attending a three-week preflight phase consisting of academics and physiology training for flight preparation. Followed by phase two primary training conducted in T-37 Tweet aircraft to learn flight characteristics, emergency procedures, takeoff and landing procedures, aerobatics, and formation flying. Students also practice night, instrument and cross-country navigation.

Each training phase includes extensive hours of ground events, flight simulator, day and night flying, and flight related instruction. Additional instruction is received on flight formation, navigation, low-level navigation flying, visual and instrument transition, radar cell formation, and simulated refueling and airdrop missions.

After primary training, students move on to advanced training in one of several tracks. Students selected for fighter-bomber assignments fly the T-38A aircraft; airlift-tanker students fly the T-1A aircraft; multi-engine turboprop students fly the C-130 aircraft, and helicopter students fly the UH-1 Huey at their assigned bases or stations.

Adam is the son of Thomas M. Joyce of Langan Road, Pittston Township, Pa., and Robyn L. Pennay of Rural Route 1, Kingsley, PA.

He graduated in the year 2000 from Pittston Area High School, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in 2004 from Duke University, Durham.

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