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NEWS | Jan. 21, 2022

Fiesta leadership visits 12th Flying Training Wing

By Benjamin Faske 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

Fiesta San Antonio leadership visited the 12th Flying Training Wing Jan. 18-19 and got to see what it takes to be an Air Force pilot.

The two-day visit began with egress training and a flight physiology brief and then they headed to the squadrons for their flight suite fittings. On Jan. 19, they were ready to take flight. 

Retired Army Col. Jon Fristoe, 2022 Fiesta Commission President, flew with the 560th Flying Training Squadron. Barton Simpson, 2022 King Antonio XCIX, flew with the 435th Fighter Training Squadron. Augustine “Augie” Cortez Jr., 2022 El Rey Feo, flew with the 559th Flying Training Squadron.

Fiesta® San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.

That historic commemoration still takes place, but for more than a century, Fiesta® has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures and today is one of this nation’s premier festivals with an economic impact of more than $340 million.