earn (one's) wings

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earn (one's) wings

To prove one's merit and skill. I never thought much of Stu, but he really earned his wings this week with how well he handled the merger.
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But in the meantime, Bender has successfully earned his wings by graduating Air Assault School.
"Archer earned his wings and crossed the rainbow bridge this morning.
[UPDATE - June 29, 2019] Archer earned his wings and crossed the rainbow bridge this morning.
He earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982 and has flown extensively on Chetak and Kamov helicopters.
He earned his wings in 1950 and went on to serve as an aviator, recording more than 5,000 flight hours and 600 landings aboard 36 aircraft carriers.
He's earned his wings, now it's time to watch him fly.
Dowding earned a position at the British Army Staff College, Camberley, and then earned his wings as a Royal Flying Corps (RFC) pilot in 1914.
ANGEL'S EARNED HIS WINGS Di Maria celebrates his goal with Edinson Cavani and Neymar
The admiral earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982 and has flown extensively on the Chetak and Kamov helicopters.
He joined RPAF College in 1956.After spending two busy years at RPAF College, promising Yunus earned his wings in 1958.His active participation in the skirmishes in Dir-Bajaur Ops in 1960-62 was acknowledged and he was awarded with Tamgha-e-Diffa.
Having earned his wings in 2009, he spent more than two years with the RAF and won a pilot of the year award before he was made redundant.
Having earned his wings in 2009 he spent more than two years with the RAF before being made redundant.
By April 1940 Older had earned his wings and a reserve commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
The 33-year-old has earned his wings at the Northumbria Flying School, becoming the first trainee to fully qualify within such a short space of time.