The Central Flying School "C.F.S" to everyone who has ever been there- is as old as air power. It was formed in 1912, simultaneously with the original Royal Flying Corps, to train the world's first military pilots.
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||John William Ransom Taylor
The Central Flying School ’C.F.S’ to everyone who has ever been there- is as old as air power. It was formed in 1912, simultaneously with the original Royal Flying Corps, to train the world's first military pilots. Under officers like capt. Godfrey Paine, R.N. and Major Hugh Trenchard, men destined one day to lead the Royal Air force learned their trade in stick-and-string biplanes, while many of the first real aircraft instruments, bomb-sights and equipment were produced in the workshops. When th C.F.S became in 1920 the sole training centre for R.A.F flying instructors, Smith-Barry's teachings were taken over as the basis of its methods. Before long the quality of its instruction was such that pilots came from all over the world to take a C.F.S course- as they still do. C.F.S was called on to pioneer blind flying, and to teach pilots how to handle the new Spitfire and Hurricane fighters, the Blenheim and Wellington bombers, in the mid-thirties. Life at school has never been all work and no play; and in this book are countless tales of high spirits, such has the infamous night raid on the nearby airfield at Netheravon, wing-walking by the instructors, and the spot-landing competition that ended with the School's entire quota of trainers littering the airfield in varying states of disrepair. Among the men who took part in such exploits were Richard Atcherley, now A.O.C.-in-C. Flying trainning Command; Dermot Boyle, present Chief of the Air Staff; John Boothman, who won the Schneider Trophy outright for britain in 1931; George Stainforth, first man in the world to fly at over 400 m.p.h; and many others now counted among the greatest military airmen of all time.