Pilot Perspectives: First Solos | Steve Thorne

Every pilot has a first solo, and every first solo is a story they’ll tell for life. We asked pilots to share their first solo stories with us, and while every story is unique, some things remain the same: excitement, nerves and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.


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For Steve Thorne, there was more than one first solo.

Steve Thorne, aka @FlightChops, is a private pilot famous for his ride-along videos on YouTube. He’s focused on giving back to the aviation community through education and entertainment.

Like many pilots, Steve has experience flying a wide range of aircraft. Every time he transitioned to a new airplane, it was like soloing all over again.

Hear the stories of Steve’s many first solo flights, starting with the lightweight Schweizer 2-33 and progressing up to the supercharged T-6 that gave him “butterflies on steroids.”

Check out the aircraft.

Throughout the years, Steve’s aircraft have gotten faster and more powerful.

Schweizer SGS 2-33

The 2-33 is an American two-seat, high-wing, strut-braced, training glider that was introduced in 1965. Until about the late 1980s, the 2-33 was the main training glider used in North America.

Piper PA-18 Super Cub

The Super Cub is a two-seat, single-engine monoplane, introduced in 1949. The aircraft was in production for close to 40 years, with over 10,000 built during that span.

North American T-6 Texan

Called the Harvard in Canada, the T-6 is an American single-engine advanced trainer aircraft that was used to train pilots during WWII. Its sheer power and challenging ground handling characteristics earned it the nickname “the Pilot Maker.”

Van's Aircraft RV-14

The RV-14 is an American aerobatic kit aircraft, designed to built at home by private pilots and enthusiasts. Steve and his team built one themselves, and were impressed by the speed and design.

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