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    Ukrainian Pilots Achieve Remarkable Feat: Mastering F-16s in Just Four Months

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    In an extraordinary display of adaptability and skill, Ukrainian pilots have shattered Pentagon expectations by mastering the American-made F-16 fighter jets in a record timeframe of just four months, according to an internal US Air Force assessment.

    This rapid proficiency stands in stark contrast to the previously estimated 18 months of training time cited by Pentagon officials earlier this year.

    The document detailing the accelerated learning curve was obtained by Yahoo News and outlines how two Ukrainian pilots underwent F-16 training at Morris Air National Guard Base in Tucson, Arizona.

    Over eleven and a half total hours in nine separate simulations, the Ukrainian airmen demonstrated a remarkable ability to absorb complex flight operations and combat maneuvers.

    This performance significantly exceeds US expectations and may influence political pressure on the Biden Administration to supply Ukraine with these versatile aircraft.

    The Ukrainian pilots, with prior qualifications to fly Soviet-era MiG-29 and Su-27 jets, received no official training on the F-16 simulator beyond a brief aircraft introduction.

    Nonetheless, they successfully performed “relatively technical” tasks, including single-engine landings and defensive procedures against simulated attacks.

    An Air Force official confirmed the authenticity of the Air Force Baseline Pilot Assessment Report, which serves to gauge baseline pilot capabilities.

    The internal document has also been shared with several NATO allies, which could carry implications for how the alliance addresses Ukraine’s air defense needs.

    The revelation of Ukrainian pilots’ quick mastery comes at a time when Ukraine has persistently lobbied for the supply of F-16s, arguing their necessity to counter Russian fighter aircraft bombing campaigns.

    The report’s suggestion that a four-month training timeline is “realistic” may sway political decisions about bolstering Ukraine’s defense capabilities.

    Ukrainian forces have been contending with Russian advances in various regions, including the Kharkiv front, where the capture of certain settlements could bring Russian artillery within range of Kharkiv city.

    Russia also launched an Iskander-K cruise missile towards the Kharkiv region and an anti-aircraft guided missile, the air force said on the Telegram messaging app. It did not say what happened to the missiles.

    The political landscape is fluid, with European leaders urging the US to decide on the F-16s issue.

    The Biden administration, while not committing to sending the jets directly, suggested it would not prevent other NATO allies from doing so, according to CNN.

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