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FEATURE: Thunder Through the Valleys


The RAF continues to teach student pilots to fly at low level, starting with the Grob G115E Tutor T1 – which is currently being replaced by the G120TP Prefect T1. As new aircrew progress through the fast jet training ‘pipeline’ they undertake sorties involving low level on the Shorts Tucano T1 (soon to be superseded by the Beechcraft T-6C Texan T1) and BAE Systems Hawk T2 before moving on to a frontline type. Progressive training and regular practice is essential if the skills required for this demanding type of flying are be retained and employed during operational missions. An experienced Tornado GR4 pilot said: “The actual flying is relatively easy. Like driving a car, you just get used to it – you don’t think about it.

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