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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
16 Harvey, William Frederick James 26
17 Staton, William Ernest 26
18 Compston, Robert John Orton 25
19 Rhys Davids, Arthur Percival Foley 25
20 Hayward, George Searle Lomax 24
21 Luchford, Harry George Ernest 24
22 Noel, Tom Cecil 24
23 Slater, James Anderson 24
24 Lale, Horace Percy 23
25 Whistler, Harold Alfred 23
26 Jenkin, Louis Fleeming 22
27 King, Cecil Frederick 22
28 Leacroft, John 22
29 Newland, Arthur Ernest 22
30 Roxburgh-Smith, Benjamin 22
Royal Flying Corps Recruitment Poster, 1917
 
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