RAF Flying Training: Academic Wings

Gp Capt (ret) Tom Eeles, a long-serving former qualified flying instructor, offers a retrospective of RAF fixed-wing pilot instruction during the Cold War

For several years following the end of World War Two, the RAF’s arrangements for flying training were somewhat haphazard given the inevitable rundown of the armed services. Legacy trainers from the war years, such as the North American Harvard, Airspeed Oxford and de Havilland Tiger Moth soldiered on, but with the onset of the Cold War following the Berlin airlift in 1948, the RAF started to expand again and needed more modern assets to cope with increased pilot recruitment.

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