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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Moreover, a number of Kuwaits pilots have earned their wings at the Italian Air Forces M-346 Integrated Training Academy, using the training system provided by Leonardo.
com/victorias-secret-fashion-show-2016-everything-you-need-know-about-paris-runway-show-2454723) 2016 Victoria's Secret Paris Fashion Show  Monday night on CBS, but only 12 of them have earned their wings to become official Victoria's Secret models (aka Angels).
Models including Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima and more recently "It" girls Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne have all earned their wings as Victoria's Secret Angels.
Today we see air air hostesses who earned their wings after passing the Northeast Airlines air hostess course at Newcastle Airport Training Centre in February of which year?
Of the 25,000 women pilots who applied for the WASP program, 1,074 earned their wings and ferried planes to bases across the country.
There have also been charges of standards being lowered to let women into combat positions, such as at least one high-visibility aviation accident with a female pilot in 1994 who, critics charged, had been rushed into the cockpit to ensure that a politically motivated proportion of women earned their wings.
Of the 25,000 women who applied, 1,830 were accepted -- but only 916 who earned their wings were still serving when the program was inactivated.
Since its inception in 1992, more than 3,700 pilots have earned their wings of gold, having logged over 1 million flight hours in the aircraft, known as the Goshawk.
Nearly 45,000 pilots and crew have earned their wings on the training systems designed, developed and fielded by this Raytheon led-team.
Pilots who earned their wings in SNJ-5s spent their war careers fighting Japanese aircraft made by Mitsubishi.