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Cranwell Airforce college in 1961

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It is properly incredible to figure out how many quids needed for such an addvertising for the RAF

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The buildings have not changed much, inside or out. In fact the biggest visual change is probably that women are now going through officer training. As you might expect, this brightens the place immeasurably. Cranwell is such a desolate place, it must have been a tough stretch for anyone heterosexual in the old days.

Don't see many moustaches on pilots these days either. Maybe it became too much of a cliche.
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And here we have the USAF equivalent from 1966.


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T-38s? Surely that's 2016?
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Still a pretty good (and good looking) aircraft. But itís running out of airframe life. When I went through Air Force pilot training, I enjoyed flying a T-38 into a Navy training base where their primary jet trainer was the T-2 Buckeye. There was no comparison.

Lots of discussion here about who will win the T-X program.
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And here's one about the non flying personnels.

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Is Cranwell to only place in Britain were someone can train to be a pilot in the R.A.F.? Also how does the Fleet Air Arm Train it's pilots? Do the Cadet at Cranwell take part in exchange vists to other service academies like West Point or the U.S.A.F.A.?
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Is Cranwell to only place in Britain were someone can train to be a pilot in the R.A.F.? Also how does the Fleet Air Arm Train it's pilots? Do the Cadet at Cranwell take part in exchange vists to other service academies like West Point or the U.S.A.F.A.?
Cranwell is essentially about Officer training, which includes more than just pilots. The best pilots will go on to fastjet training, others to fly transports or helicopters, what people fly will dictate where they go after Cranwell.

Across all branches of the armed forces you will see a lot US / UK crossover. Since a lot of the defence industry is Anglo-American, that happens on the equipment and engineering side, as well as operational roles.
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It should also be noted that British military colleges are not 4 year, degree granting institutions. They are more concerned with making a proficient military officer. Their courses last less than a year.
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I also remember the movie "High Flight" was made there.
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