ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Talk about an upward career trajectory! Some Virginia Tech students took to the skies this weekend with pilots from the U.S. Air Force. The military's making a high-adrenaline pitch for this potential career.
Virginia Tech student Kalvin Yuan wants to be a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and this recruiting event offers a sneak peek into his future.
"My friends and I experienced a chance of flying a T-6 and it was absolutely amazing, they flew in echelon formation and they did aerobatics and many things and we also got a little flight time in there," Yuan, an ROTC Member at Virginia Tech, said.
Yuan and 15 other Virginia Tech ROTC students trained with U.S. Air Force Instructor Pilots.
"It was really nice to see what our future can be and especially as a career path in the Air Force once we graduate," Yuan added.
A few of the professional pilots have been in these student's shoes, graduating from Virginia Tech.
Andrew Barstow, an Instructor Pilot, said, "If I had an opportunity to do this, this would absolutely blew my mind , so the fact that they go to do something like this, and they all have spoken on that it's one of the best experiences they've ever had."
Barstow helped the students learn how to fly in T-6 air crafts. The students were there to observe while pilots flew as if they were on a normal mission.
"It definitely makes me more inclined to go on a rated path and become a pilot, so I strive to do well in academics and all the other aspects so I can prepare myself best for this career path," Yuan said.
This is the first time the Air Force has offered VT students a chance to get in the plane with their pilots.