Recently, a ceremony was held at RAF Barkston Heath to mark the standing down of No 674 Squadron Army Air Corps (AAC) from its role in the delivery of Elementary Flying Training (EFT) as part of Number 3 Flying Training School (FTS) based at RAF Cranwell.
As part of the modernisation of the UK Military Flying Training System, ab-initio Army Air Corps pilots in the future will no longer be required to train on the Prefect and instead will go directly to RAF Shawbury and train on rotary air systems. On the stand-down of the squadron, Major Mark Beard said
‘It has been an absolute honour to serve as Officer Commanding 674 Squadron AAC. The professionalism and dedication of all the staff to provide the best possible training has been second to none, and the enthusiasm and focus of the student cadre has been outstanding. I hope that 674 Squadron AAC would stand back up in the future and play a fundamental role in the development of future Army aviators’.