Air Force 2nd Lt. Christina L. Thompson has graduated from the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program conducted by the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas.
The 55-week training program, sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is designed to produce pilots qualified for assignment to military fighter aircraft as part of NATO's flying force. The multinational program trains approximately 250 undergraduate pilots from the U.S. and 13 participating NATO nations each year.
The student pilots receive 256 hours of flight training in T-37 and T-38 aircraft, and 537 hours of ground training in academics, officer development, physical training, and other required subjects. Specific hours are used to achieve special skills needed to prepare the student pilot for follow-on training in fighter aircraft and acclimate pilots to adverse weather conditions and restricted airspace as experienced in Europe.
Thompson is the daughter of Nancy and Matthew Thompson of Bocilla Lane, Bokeelia.
Thompson graduated in 2008 from Fort Myers High School, and received a bachelor of science in 2012 from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.