A J-15 fighter jet lands on China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning – but it is adding to its fleet, requiring more pilots. Photo: AFP A J-15 fighter jet lands on China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning – but it is adding to its fleet, requiring more pilots. Photo: AFP
A J-15 fighter jet lands on China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning – but it is adding to its fleet, requiring more pilots. Photo: AFP

China counters its fighter jet pilot shortage by recruiting extra cadets

  • New intake larger than expected, with almost half to be trained to fly aircraft carrier-based fighter jets
  • Pilots needed to meet the Chinese navy’s expanding needs, after the commissioning of its second aircraft carrier

Topic |   South China Sea
A J-15 fighter jet lands on China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning – but it is adding to its fleet, requiring more pilots. Photo: AFP A J-15 fighter jet lands on China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning – but it is adding to its fleet, requiring more pilots. Photo: AFP
A J-15 fighter jet lands on China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning – but it is adding to its fleet, requiring more pilots. Photo: AFP
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