The Return to Pilot Training

On September 6, 2009 Air Force 1st Lt. Ryan McGuire got injured in a boating accident. From this accident his hip was dislocated, his pelvis was fractured and his right foot was severely damaged.

After the accident, McGuire went through the long process of rehabilitation. Air Force Col. Michael Frankel, 47th Flying Training Wing commander said, “He has always had a positive attitude. I’ve never seen him down, never seen him upset. He’s always been pressing forward, trying to achieve his goals. I look forward to the day when he graduates from pilot training and I can hand him a set of silver wings.”

After this long and painful process, McGuire completed the Air Force Marathon in his prosthetic leg and he participated in the Warrior Games. After a medical board found him fit for duty, they sent in a waiver request for him to be allowed to return to pilot training. On October 29th, the waiver was approved.

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