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Discussions on all (non-biographical) aspects of the Luftwaffe air units and general discussions on the Luftwaffe.

Re: Aces

Postby Seppo Koivisto on 23 Feb 2013 09:52

flyingdoctor wrote:Germanys biggest ace , and Finlands biggest ace and Russian second best ace were all glider pilots before the war !
Coinsidence ? Do airforces still try to recrute young gliderpilots ?

Germany had the Nationalsozialistische Fliegerkorps (NSFK). Finland had the paramilitary Suomen Ilmapuolustusliitto (SIPL), at least Kyösti Karhila had glider training.

I think air forces prefer to train their pilots from start, so civil glider training is not a big merit. At least the RAF and USAF have gliding in their cadet program. ... course.cfm
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Re: Aces

Postby Thor4711 on 23 Feb 2013 13:45

THANK YOU! Yes in fact those Air Cadets are traditional, also in Canada! And in fact if somebody of those glider pilots wants to switch to the regular Air Force traing, then having flown gliders certainly was a good basic experience.
Here in Germany esp AFTER the end of the war such institutions were first not allowed and then out of sight. Just the civil glider clubs are booming!
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