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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
31 Cubbon, Francis Richard 21
32 Barlow, Leonard Monteagle 20
33 McDonald, Ian Donald Roy 20
34 Southey, Walter Alfred 20
35 Thayre, Frederick James Harry 20
36 Powell, Leslie Archibald 19
37 Wilkinson, Alan Machin 19
38 Belgrave, James Dacres 18
39 Newnham, Maurice Ashdown 18
40 Trollope, John Lightfoot 18
41 Gibbons, George Everard 17
42 Johnstone, Edward Grahame 17
43 Makepeace, Reginald Milburn 17
44 Pinder, John William 17
45 Swale, Edwin 17
Royal Flying Corps Recruitment Poster, 1917
 
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