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AIRCRAFT PILOT'S CUSTOM

WHEN A STUDENT PILOT LANDS AFTER HIS OR HER FIRST SOLO FLIGHT,
THE STUDENT'S SHIRT IS TORN OFF AND OFTEN THE STUDENT IS THROWN IN
THE MUD.

Where learned: COLORADO ; COLORADO SPRINGS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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IT'S A TRADITION AT THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY FOR EACH
GRADUATING CLASS TO STEAL A HIGHWAY EXIT SIGN WHICH HAS THAT CLASS'
YEAR OF GRADUATION AS THE EXIT NUMBER, AND TO SET IT UP IN A
PROMINENT LOCATION, USUALLY THE STADIUM.

Where learned: COLORADO SPRINGS ; US AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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IN FRONT OF THE SOCIAL HALL AT THE USAFA THERE IS A STATUE
OF THE WINGED HORSE PEGASUS. THE LEGEND IS THAT IF A VIRGIN WALKS
IN FRONT OF IT, THAT IT WILL COME TO LIFE AND FLY AWAY.

Submitter comment: HOWEVER, IT'S STILL THERE.

Where learned: COLORADO SPRINGS ; US AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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IF IT RAINS ON THE WEDDING DAY, THE BRIDE WILL HAVE GOOD
FORTUNE ALWAYS.

Where learned: COLORADO ; COLORADO SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-25-1973

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