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Russia Now Uses Female Fighter Pilots - Inside Their Elite Training Academy (Russia TV News)

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The cadets of a flight school in Krasnodar are ready to take control of a plane in any weather. In 2017, for the first time in modern Russian history, girls were admitted to a military aviation course. The female pilots have already passed the general physical fitness test, altitude-chamber test, and, by now, they have mastered the air transport simulator.


Anna Sorokina found out if their training is hard.

In between serious training sessions, they take their time for laughs. The combative spirit is high, the 2nd-year cadets are being prepared for parachute jumps.

- We count aloud: 121, 122, 123.

- 124, 125.

- No canopy.

It's still theoretical preparation, the first jump is scheduled for June.

Alla Samkova, 2nd-year cadet: "I'm not anxious to jump, but I didn't jump before the school."

This is a simulator complex of L-410 aircraft. There are only a few of them in Russia. It was brought here directly from the factory in Penza, specifically for the training of future female pilots. Polina Ogneva is the first to take the pilot's yoke. The instructor is explaining how to start the engine, taxi, and take off.

Vitaliy Kolesnikov, practical training group: “Set it to the take-off position, 4 degrees. Route: idling.”

The first flight is over green, digital fields. The instructor can change the landscape, weather, and time of day to complicate the task.

Vitaliy Kolesnikov, practical training group: "Five or six flights are guided. And then the cadets start to do it on their own."

After the training session, the instructor gives feedback. It was hard for you to turn the yoke.

Vitaliy Kolesnikov, practical training group: “You tried to struggle but you shouldn't.”

The cadet's first task is to feel the equipment.

Polina Ogneva, 2nd-year cadet: "I felt the resistance of the yoke. But the instructor gave tips on time on what to do. How to adjust the trim tab."

In the third year of studies, it'll become clear which outer faculty is fit for each of them. Fighter aviation is in Armavir. Attack and bombardment aviation is in Borisoglebsk. Long-range and military airlift aviation is in Balashov. Meanwhile, the cadets' everyday routine consists of studying aviation equipment and its components.

“The thread profile is trapezoidal here. Here, the thread profile is triangular. As you can see, these are two different thread profiles.”

There's a festive poster on the hall's wall in the dormitory. The rooms are impeccably clean. Aa plane model, gifted by parents, sits on a bedside table. A parade uniform hangs in the closet.

“It consists of a straight jacket, a skirt, and a cap.”

The uniform is ironed and the cadets braid their hair, preparing for the celebration.

Olga Shipovalova, 2nd-year cadet: "Makeup is allowed, to highlight lashes and brows. But no bright makeup. Colorless nail polish is allowed. The main thing is to look neat."

The 8th of March is a day-off for the cadets; they will celebrate in great form.

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