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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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 earned his wings in 1958 and flew FJ-4 Fury and A-4 Skyhawk jets with Attack Squadrons 126 and 113.
After spending two busy years at RPAF College, promising Yunus earned his wings in 1958.
Army Reserve, from 1946 to 1949, and received a commission from the Iowa National Guard, went on active duty, and earned his wings at Webb AFB, Texas, in 1952.
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.
The colours were pretty staggering from up there," said pilot Michael Melvill, who also earned his wings, officially, as an astronaut.
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.
The high flying 33-year-old has stunned instructors at Northumbria Flying School, where he earned his wings this week.
Para-pooch A SNIFFER dog has earned his wings after taking part in a 10,000ft parachute drop in Norway.
Warms, son of Kurt and Deborah Warms, Dudley, recently completed Air Force Pilot Training and earned his wings at Corpus Christi Naval Base, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
He worked so hard to pass his tests And so he earned his wings Now was is chance to get those huns Who wallowed in their sins 'A Jerry on the port side, sir,' the navigator cried 'I've got him in my sights And God, please be my guide.
Training at Davis-Monthan Field in Tucson, Arizona, and at Alamogordo, New Mexico, he earned his wings and flew to Britain as a bombardier and navigator on a B-24 Liberator bomber.