A fascinating report from the January 7, 1955 issue of The Aeroplane on how the RAF adapted to training jet fighter pilots.
During World War Two and the immediate decades after, the speed of aerospace development was fast paced. Indeed, this was matched by the speed of the jets that were taking to the sky and presented a challenge for some pilots in being able to handle these faster aircraft. Some trainee pilots found jets beyond the capabilities of their flying skills. This led to the RAF changing the way it trained its pilots…
Jet Training in the R.A.F.
ON DECEMBER 22, the first course of student officers to be trained on the Provost/Vampire sequence of pilot instruction, passed out at No. 5 F.T.S., Oakington. The members of No. 101 Course were the first students to qualify as jet pilots before being awarded their wings, which were presented together with commission parchments, by Air Marshal T. G. Pike, C.B., C.B.E., D.F.C., Deputy Chief of the Air Staff.