FTS | 45 (R) Sqn
Introduction | 45 (R) Sqn History]
No. 45 (R) Squadron
Not all Royal Air Force aircrew trainees are destined to fly fast jets.
The training course that leads to the pilotís seat of a Tornado is very
different to the one that leads to a Hercules.
Pilots destined to fly multi-engine
aircraft are selected at the elementary stage of flying training. They
then progress to a short course destined to lead in to flying multi-engined
aircraft. These courses are carried out on either Bulldog or Firefly
aircraft. After this, they begin training on the Jetstream T1 with No 3
Flying Training School at RAF Cranwell. This course introduces all the
complexities of multi-engined flying, including asymmetric thrust in
single engine operations.
||Two Turbomeca Astazou XVI turboprops of 940shp.
||47ft 1.5in (14.36m)
- Twin-engined low wing monoplane
- High-set engine nacelles with pronounced propeller
- Pointed tapered nose.
- Slim tapered wing with small square tips.
- Tapered fin and rudder with tailplane set mid-way up the fin.
- Small ventral strake.
- Seven oval windows on each side