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A 2000 Heritage High School graduate and Littleton, Colorado, native is playing a key role in the lengthy and rigorous training process that transforms officers into U.S. naval aviators.
Lt. Cmdr. Brad Holmes is an instructor pilot with the “Boomers” of Training Squadron (VT) 27, based in Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. The squadron flies the T-6B Texan II aircraft.
The T-6B II Texan is a training aircraft that is powered by a 1,100 shaft horsepower, free-turbine, turboprop single-engine, four-bladed propeller, with a cruising speed of 320 mph.
A Navy instructor pilot is responsible for training student pilots to become effective naval aviators and helicopter pilots for the fleet.
“My daily work as an instructor pilot is incredibly rewarding, especially having taught 16 people how to hover a helicopter,” Holmes said.
Holmes credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Littleton.
“Nearly every skill I learned as a Boy Scout I have used or continue to use in the Navy,” Holmes said.
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