What is the origin of the tradition of an instructor cutting the shirt tail following a pilot's first solo flight?

The traditional removal of a new pilot's shirt tail is a sign of the instructor's new confidence in his student.

In the days of tandem trainers, the instructor would tug at the students shirt tail whenever he was getting himself into trouble. After the first solo, the new pilot is competent in the air does not need such a safety device.

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