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No. 2 Flying Training School (1939-1940)
No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School RAAF (1940-1944)
Active 1939–1944
Country  Australia
Branch  Royal Australian Air Force
Role Introductory flying training
Engagements World War II
Aircraft flown
Trainer Gypsy Moth
Tiger Moth

No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilot training unit of World War II. Formed in November 1939 at Melbourne, Victoria as the No. 2 Flying Training School, relocated to Parafield Airport and renamed in January 1940. The unit provided introductory flying training to new RAAF pilots. Training activities relocated to Tamworth Aerodrome in May 1944, before being disbanded in December 1944.


As part of Australia's commitment to the Empire Air Training Scheme, the RAAF established twelve elementary flying training schools in 1940 and 1941.[1][2] The role of these units was to provide a twelve-week long introductory flying training course to new pilots who had graduated from one of the RAAF's initial training schools. The flying training was undertaken in two stages; the first involved four weeks of instruction (including ten hours of flying) which were used to determine trainees' suitability to become pilots. Those that passed this grading process then received a further eight weeks of training (including 65 hours of flying) at the elementary training school. Pilots who successfully completed this course were posted to a service flying training school in either Australia or Canada for the next stage of their instruction as military aviators.[3]


  1. "Elementary Flying Training Schools". RAAF Museum. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  2. RAAF Historical Section (1995), pp. 15–16
  3. Stephens (2006), pp. 68–70
  • RAAF Historical Section (1995). Units of the Royal Australian Air Force. A Concise History. Volume 8 Training Units. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. ISBN 0-644-42800-7. 
  • Stephens, Alan (2006) [2001]. The Royal Australian Air Force: A History. London: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-555541-4. 

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