Search
  • Jim Ratti, '82

Class News Update - Brian Neal

17 Mar 2021


Maj Gen (Ret) Brian Neal sent me a quick note to pass on the news of his daughter's graduation from UPT on 12 Mar 2021. Rachel is a 2019 Clemson grad and her UPT class (21-01) is unique in that is the first to graduate from Air Education and Training Command's (AETC's) new Accelerated Path to Wings" program.


Brian presented Rachel with a set of pilot's wings that his dad gave him when Brian graduated from UPT in 1983. Brian's dad earned those wings on 1 July 1948, when the AF was only 9-1/2 months old. Pretty cool legacy to pass on to a third generation.

The new UPT program, also dubbed XPW, produces pilots in approximately seven months - five months shorter than typical undergraduate pilot training - and lets student pilots stick to a single aircraft, the T-1 Jayhawk.


Here's a picture of Rachel's entire graduating class:

You can read more about the XPW program here and here.


Heartiest congratulations to both Brian and Rachel!

17 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All
USAFA Class of 1982

2860 Arbor Pointe Dr

Middletown, OH 45042

© 2017-2021 by USAF Academy Class of 1982      Disclaimer      Privacy Policy

 

Contact Webmaster here