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F-16 pilot's dreams crushed for Danish trainees

April 19, 2010 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Twelve young Danes, who were due to be sent to the US to train as F-16 pilots, have had their dreams taken away following a political decision. The ruling follows an agreement in parliament to reduce the number of operational F-16 fighter pilots from 48 to 30.

RDAF #E-176 spotted at the Danish airshow 2008 held at Karup AB with a tail design to promote Danish Air Force recruitment. [Photo by Tommy Jensen]

The cadets, who had already completed basic training at a flight school in Karup and trained to be officers, now face a career with both feet on the ground, perhaps as radar operators giving combat aircraft orders.

Danish Tactical Air Command has already canceled two squads of trainee pilots at Karup and have stopped all new applications. It takes five years to train a fighter pilot.

Additional images:

Tail detail of RDAF F-16AM #E-176 spotted at the Danish airshow 2008 held at Karup AB on June 8th, 2008. [Photo by Thomas Grove Christensen]

A Danish F-16BM hangs inverted over Skrydstrup AB during an aerial display on June 11th 2006. [Photo by Erik Frikke]

MMC aircraft tested at Edwards AFB (USAF: 1 Alpha (below), 1 Charlie (above), 1 Delta (2nd from top) and 1 Danish small-tail MLU aircraft). [USAF photo]
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