Education: On the Wing

With an updraft of bold words, the U.S. Air Force Academy took aboard its first 306 cadets four years ago. These were to be no mere fly-boys with eyes on a brigadier's star. Unlike West Point cadets or civilian students, they would be instructed in science and the humanities in roughly equal doses. They were to be thinking flyers, and before long, thinkers who might not fly at all. More than anything else, the Air Force, still largely manned by Reserve officers, wanted them to stay in, as wise stewards of the most awesome weapons known to man.

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