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RAF’s trainee pilots are spending years flying DESKS instead of planes

RAF recruits are waiting months and even years to learn to fly warplanes, using desks to practice instead, leaked documents have revealed.   

An internal memo from May and slides from a top RAF meeting in July revealed the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) fast jet pilots are experiencing a severe delay in waiting times for training slots due to a lack of aircraft and instructors. 

The ‘crisis’ backlog means not enough pilots may be available in the future to fly planes on the frontline, including Typhoon and F35 squadrons, reports Sky News. 

The delays come at a time of international insecurity with growing threats from Russia and China and war in Europe.  

The documents revealed that 347 trainees – more than half of the total 596 in aircraft training – are waiting for a training course slot…


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