Training Squadron TWO was established on 1 May 1960 at Naval Air
Station Whiting Field, near Milton, Florida. VT-2ís mission is to
provide primary and intermediate stage flight training to selected
student aviators of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, Coast
Guard and several allied nations.
syllabus completed by VT-2 "Doerbirds" consists of approximately 85
hours of instructional flight time in the T-34C "Turbo Mentor"
aircraft and 21 hours in the 2B37 motion-based flight simulator.
During this time each student becomes thoroughly trained in the
contact, basic instruments, precision aerobatics, radio instruments,
formation, and day and night navigation.
syllabus consists of flights in which the student learns to conduct
a proper pre-flight inspection of the aircraft, take-off and land,
recover from stalls and spins, deal with emergencies, and generally
aircraft skillfully and confidently. Upon completion of his/her
first solo flight, the student aviator progresses to precision
aerobatics, or PA. The aircraft is flown through maneuvers outside
the normal range of flight, including loops, wingovers, and barrel
rolls. During formation training the student works on improving
his/her skills while flying in a two plane formation. Navigation
training includes both day and night visual navigation instructions.
The student also undergoes training in the basic and radio
instruments. Here the student learns to maneuver the aircraft under
actual or simulated instrument conditions, having to rely solely on
cockpit instrumentation. Electronic flight simulators are integrated
into the instrument flight training syllabus to assist the student
in developing the required knowledge and skills.
student aviator, upon completion of all these stages of training, is
selected to undergo further training in the propeller, helicopter,
jet or E-2/C-2 pipeline. The helicopter students report to South
Whiting Field for training in the TH-57. The propeller selectees
report to Corpus Christi, Texas for training in the T-44 and
students who select the jet pipeline receive intermediate training
in either Mississippi or Texas flying the T-45. Those who select the
E-2/C-2 pipeline will finish their training in the T-45, located in
Florida and Texas.
complex training evolution requires the coordinated efforts of
approximately 67 Naval Officer Instructor Pilots and 9 civilian
personnel to produce approximately 210 "completers" each year.
Logging nearly 2,000 flight hours each month, Training Squadron TWO
has flown in excess of 1,800,000 flight hours and trained more than
19,000 students since commissioning 50 year ago.