As he stood there dumbfounded and disappointed, his commander announced that he was going to the F-22 Raptor exchange program instead.
"I didn't even know that it existed or that I was up for it," Robinson said. "I couldn't believe it."
He said his biggest challenge in the program was taking all of the information that is made available in this weapon system and using it.
The F-22 has the ability to pull from multiple sources of data, allowing the pilot to gain a large, detailed picture of the battlefield.
"It is the leading edge for fifth-generation aircraft," he said.
Following graduation, Robinson will train, exercise and deploy with his assigned Langley squadron.
"I will be like any other front-line pilot in the squadron," he said.
Other than a few phraseology challenges, his instructors said he did outstanding in the program and will return to Langley a true asset for the Raptor program.
Little things like "flight pattern versus circuit" can cause confusion between pilots and air traffic controllers, said U.S. Air Force Maj. Mike Cabral, 43rd Fighter Squadron chief of weapons and tactics.
"But, once we got him his decoder ring for U.S. speech, he was good to go, " Cabral noted. "Fighter pilots are fighter pilots."
"The fact that we were to train a British pilot came as no surprise; it is a natural progression to integrate our coalition partners into this process," he explained."
"With his combat skill set, it was a seamless transition," he emphasized. "He has coalition operations and weapons instructor experience; he will be a force multiplier."
Approximately 70 pilots have graduated from the Raptor training program to date.