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"In order to take a 'ticket' a pilot has to pass three tests. He first has to fly solo in five figures of eight, this involving right and left-hand turns, and finally stop on landing within fifty yards of a given mark. He then has to ascend and repeat the performance; and finally, rising a third time to a height of over 350 feet, he must switch off his engine and make a volplane or glide to earth. Should all of these tests be passed to the satisfaction of the official witnesses, a form is filled in and sent up to the Royal Aero Club, together with a cheque, and in due course the pupil becomes a certified aviator, qualified to fly at exhibitions and race meetings, and a person of no small importance in his own eyes. But he has yet a long way to go before he graduates as a flying officer of the R.F.C."
The Royal Flying Corps in the War, Wilfred Theodore Blake, 1918
1 Mannock, Edward Corringham 61
2 McCudden, James Thomas Byford 57
3 Ball, Albert 44
4 Fullard, Philip Fletcher 40
5 Gass, Charles George 39
6 Woollett, Henry Winslow 35
7 Bowman, Geoffrey Hilton 32
8 Thompson, Samuel Frederick Henry 30
9 Booker, Charles Dawson 29
10 Clayson, Percy Jack 29
11 Rochford, Leonard Henry 29
12 Gurdon, John Everard 28
13 Latimer, Dennis 28
14 Middleton, Thomas Percy 27
15 Fletcher, Ronald Malcolm 26
Royal Flying Corps Recruitment Poster, 1917
 
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