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Afghanistan [FLIGHT SCHOOL]

Spain is setting up a training facility to certify aircrews from the fledgling Afghan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC) flying the Soviet-era Mil Mi-8/17 “Hip” helicopter workhorse (pictured). The facility is set to open in Herat, near Afghanistan’s border with Iran, before the end of the year and will concentrate on cross-country navigation and tactical flying at low level.

It will be staffed by 15 instructors, five each from Spain and Lithuania, with the remaining five posted from Latvia and Ukraine. This is…

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