I think most of us remember our first solo and the standard 'joke' about the Instructor pilot. I came in the AF before they started the 'crop duster program', where they first soloed you in a propeller type plane. Our first solo was in a T-37. We would go up with our instructor and shoot two touch and goes, followed by a full stop and taxi back to the approach end of the runway. Stop the plane, open the canopy, and the instructor would get out and walk over to the mobile tower at the approach end. The joke was, he had his hands over his wings as he walked. Then we would close the canopy, pull onto the active, and push the throttles up. I can remember thinking, 'I can still abort this thing'. Then suddenly I was airborne. Shot two touch and goes and a full stop. Taxied back in, got out of the plane, and the class guys grabbed me and thew me in the dunking tank full of water.