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PLA Air Force Shifts Transition Training to the Schoolhouse

On October 4 and 5, 2021, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reported that the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) has begun experimenting with training a brigade of new pilots to fly the J-10, a fourth-generation fighter, at the Shijiazhuang Flight Academy, one of its three flight academies. In the PLAAF, transition training for operational aircraft is mostly the responsibility of operational units, so this experimental program likely indicates that the PLAAF will gradually shift the responsibility for transition training to its flight academies.

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