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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Upon earning his wings, he was assigned as a UH-1 Huey pilot with the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.
His success in earning his wings was helped by a flight simulator he built in the spare bedroom of his family home.
After earning his wings and commission he served as a flight commander with the 51st Fighter Wing, in South Korea, Okinawa, and Talwan.
Despite earning his wings, the prince will not be allowed to fly civilian aircraft.
Jimmy Carr presents some of the most popular festive clips of all time, from George Bailey's guardian angel earning his wings in It's a Wonderful Life to the kiss Dawn shares with Tim under the mistletoe in The Office
Initially a surface officer on fast minesweepers, he transferred to aviation in 1949, earning his wings in 1950.
After earning his wings, the lieutenant took his future bride to his parent's home in Mezotur, Hungary.
He worked his way up through training aircraft before earning his wings five years later.
Sabardin earned his living and paid his tuition by simultaneously working as a flight instructor while in school, finally earning his wings as an Airline Transport Pilot for US Airways, and flying as a First Officer for the Charlotte hubbed airline for five years.
The prince, an officer in the Household Cavalry Regiment, has already learned to fly with the RAF, earning his wings in April.
He's too young to drink and too young to vote ( but high flier Michael Holmes is on cloud nine after earning his wings.
He took regular lessons, costing pounds 78 a time, and clocked up 53 hours flying solo before earning his wings.
And now the 26-year-old from Whitestone has seen his dream come true after earning his wings from the RAF.