There are a variety of aircraft that support the Airmanship programs. Below is a breakdown of aircraft by mission.
Soaring: The Academy sailplane fleet consists of TG-15s, and TG-16s. The soaring mission also uses Piper Super Cub tow planes. These tow planes fly standardized departure and arrival routings, altered only as required to maintain safe de-confliction with other aircraft operating in the area or when weather conditions warrant deviations in the interest of safety. Soaring operations take place almost exclusively over USAF Academy property, remaining west of I-25 and periodically extending over the neighborhoods immediately to the south of the Academy.
Parachuting: Cadet parachuting airlift support is provided by the UV-18B aircraft, known as the Twin Otter. Much like the soaring operation, the preponderance of parachuting operations - both flights by the UV-18 and actual parachuting operations themselves - take place directly over the USAF Academy's property. At times, the UV-18 may accomplish a part of its departure or recovery flight profile east of I-25 and north or south of the Academy, well de-conflicted from the other flight operations taking place in and around the Academy Airfield. Upon completion of daily parachuting operations, the UV-18s return to their overnight home at Peterson Air Force Base.
Powered Flight: The Academy powered flight fleet consists of the Cirrus SR-20 (T-53A Kadet II), the Cessna 150 (T-51) the Cessna 172 (T-41 Mescalero). The T-53s represent the backbone of the Academy's Powered Flight training program in which over 500 cadets participate annually. The T-41s and T-51s are used exclusively by the Academy's Flying Team, a nationally recognized team of cadets who compete with other flight training schools throughout the United States. Collectively, these aircraft use training areas to the northeast, east, and southeast of Colorado Springs. They also conduct flight pattern training at Bullseye Auxiliary Airfield (approximately 30 miles southeast of the Academy), Colorado Springs Airport and the Academy Airfield, which typically consists of multiple takeoffs and landings.