Trainee pilots to lose their jobs as part of RAF cutbacks

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TRAINEE pilots based at RAF Cranwell are to lose their jobs as part of Ministry of Defence cutbacks.

Up to 50 trainees, learning to fly transport aircraft at the RAF training college, will not complete their courses.

The cuts are part of a Government plan to reduce trainee numbers at bases around the country by 170.

The Government said the cut in training places is due to a reduction in aircraft numbers and there would be no new intake of pilots this year.

An MOD spokesman said: “The SDSR has already made clear there will be a reduction in the number of assets and airframes across all three services, and that the RAF would be reduced by around 5,000 personnel to a total of about 33,000 by 2015.

However, any reductions in the RAF will not affect Operations in Afghanistan and priority areas of capability will not be compromised.”

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