The first group of six experienced Ukrainian combat fighter pilots has completed their basic training in the UK and are now training to fly the F-16 in Denmark.
First Ukrainian pilots complete basic training to fly F-16s.
The first group of six experienced Ukrainian fighter pilots has completed their basic training in the UK. They are now learning to fly the F-16 in Denmark.
The first six Ukrainian pilots have completed their basic training in the UK and are now learning to fly F-16 fighter jets in Denmark.
This was reported by the British government. It is noted that training in the UK began in August.
The group was formed of six experienced Ukrainian fighter pilots who have undergone aviation training in English to enhance their ability to participate in training and support the coalition.
Ten other Ukrainian trainee pilots have also taken part in the language training and remain in the UK to continue their practical basic flight training, as well as to learn important skills such as aviation medicine and centrifuge training.
“I am proud of the support the Royal Air Force is giving to the next generation of Ukrainian combat pilots and ground crews who will be the first line of defence in protecting Ukraine’s skies,” said UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps.
The British government says the training programme is designed to provide trainee pilots with the skills needed to progress to the next stage of training on partner countries’ fighter aircraft and bring future Ukrainian pilots closer to NATO’s standard approach to flying.
The pilots undergoing basic flight training conduct practical exercises on Grob Tutor aircraft with experienced instructors from the Ukrainian Air Force, learning general control procedures, instrument flying, medium and low level navigation, and formation flying.
In parallel with pilot training, dozens of Ukrainian aviation technicians are also receiving English language training focused on engineering specialties.