ON HER MAJESTY’S NATIONAL SERVICE
The days when National Service pilots flew RAF jet fighters are understandably long gone, but memories remain strong – not least amongst those who piloted Meteors
By BEN DUNNELL
At this distance, bearing in mind the complexities of training to fly and fight in today’s combat aircraft, the notion of conscripts flying jet fighters seems almost extraordinary. National Service, though, was about more than just squaddies square-bashing. It had a genuine role to play in supplying personnel, of which the post-war RAF was much in need.