LYON, France—The French air force is gearing up for the entry into service of the single-turboprop Pilatus PC-21, which will become its mainstay in pilot and weapon system officer (WSO) training. The first operational flight is imminent, as an official presentation ceremony is planned for Oct. 2. The first two aircraft landed at the Cognac training site on Aug. 30. Eight flight instructors were trained already, as well eight flight simulator instructors. All 17 aircraft will have ...

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