Taking swim lessons at age five, little Enrico leaned into underwater swimming: “It felt like flying.”
It started there. Enrico grew fascinated with airplanes, so at Tech he majored in…… Law and Society? (“People told me it was harder so I said, I can do it.”)
By college, aerospace would be his major – at the U.S. Naval Academy, with its 7% acceptance rate. Unlike the Air Force, Navy pilots land on waterborne carriers – way cooler, he thought.
Enrico graduated the Academy in 2020 and is now advancing through ever more demanding flight training levels. He is scheduled to become a full pilot – a winged aviator – this fall, followed by another year of even more challenging training. Then he will fly an F/A-18 Super Hornet – like the Blue Angels – or a similar aircraft.
He flies every other day for about 90 minutes: “It’s like no other feeling. It can be uncomfortable and exhausting at times, but it is super exciting.”
With a strong aero engineering background, Enrico hopes to become a test pilot. Astronaut? Not out of the question. “I’m living my dream job,” he says. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the people who believed in me.”
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