At the age of 23, Garrett Rybak sat in the cockpit of a T-34 with the engine roaring and propellers spinning. After the requisite safety checks, he grabbed the controls and sped the aircraft down the runway until it went airborne into the Wild Blue Yonder.
It was his first solo flight.
The experience seems a little surreal now, and he likens it to when parents toss their car keys to their teenager for the first time. “The level of responsibility that’s given to you at such a young age in the military is incredible,” he says.