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RFC Pilot Training
RFC Pilot Training
Michael Skeet
Published by Michael Skeet
3 December 1998
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C. If a service pilot is required for overseas on a type other than that on which he is qualified as such, he must do a further five hours solo and 15 ‘tail down’ landings on new type.”

* Night landings were required for B.E. 2 pilots because this machine was used for anti-Zeppelin work, while the F.E. 2 was used in night bombing.

This was a minimum standard. Many pilots who went to the front in later 1917 and 1918 did so with upwards of 80 hours experience, up to a quarter of that on service types. Of course, this standard was equally often honoured in the breach, especially in the spring of 1917, when aircrew were being killed, injured or captured on their first or second trip over the lines and replacements were needed on a daily basis, owing to Trenchard’s “no empty chairs” policy.

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