Ukrainian Pilots Currently Training On French Air Force Alpha Jet Trainers | Aviation

A Ukrainian Air Force pilot beside an Alpha Jet trainer under a hangar at an airbase in France: (Image credit: French General Staff on X)

Ukrainian pilots are being imparted the basics of aerial combat as part of the training in anticipation of the arrival of the F-16 in Ukraine. But it will take some time before they will be able to fly and fight in a “Viper”.

The run-up to the declared arrival of F-16s in Ukraine is seeing considerable preparation. Ukrainian pilots, with different degree of background and flying experience, are at various stages of training, both in the U.S. and in Europe.

France has now released pictures of Ukrainian pilots being imparted what appears to be basic flight training on its Alpha Jet advanced jet trainer aircraft.

This group of Ukrainian Air Force pilots belong to the first cadre of junior students from the 2023 class, with very few hours under their belt, who completed Elementary Flight Training in the UK recently.

Ukrainian Pilots on Alpha Jet Trainer Aircraft

Pictures posted by France’s General Staff of the Armed Forces showed the “contribution of the armies of France to the training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.” A Ukrainian pilot – identified by the Ukrainian flag and the emblem patches on his left arm – is seen sitting inside the front cockpit of an Alpha Jet basic jet trainer. A French instructor is explaining a…


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