NAS Whiting Field in Milton has a very unique mission within the military and is home to the only rotor wing training program in the nation. Student pilots for the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corp and those from several partner countries all begin their helicopter flying careers on the Emerald Coast.
Three squadrons at NAS Whiting Field are responsible for the education of the next generation of rotor wing pilots, teaching the last phase of flight school, advanced helicopter training.
Navy Lt. Jackie Felber, instructor, and USMC 1 Lt. J.P. Inabinet, student, gave a glimpse into the life of a new helicopter pilot and just how rigorous the program is.
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