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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Army Air Corps during World War II at the age of 18 as an aviation student, earning his wings and commission in early 1945.
He graduated from Cortland High School in 1943 and enlisted in the Army Air Forces, earning his wings and becoming a military pilot.
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.
EARNING HIS WINGS: Tiger Brewer, eight, gets his first taste of wing-walking
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.
EARNING HIS WINGS: Jim Robinson looks calm and relaxed before making his flight.
Upon earning his wings, he was assigned as a UH-1 Huey pilot with the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., where he deployed to El Salvador.
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. Now he wants to be an aeronautical engineer in the RAF.