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    Default Flying Log Book (FLB) Notations, 125 Sqn

    In a FLB from a 125 Sqn Mosquito pilot, there is the notation "NFT" for 3 Feb 45 and a number of other entries.

    Does anybody know what "NFT" stands for? Night fighter training, night formation training, night flying training?

    Was there an RAF "dictionary" of acronyms that were supposed to be used in FLB's?

    Any clues much appreciated. Thank you for all assistance.

    John Dean

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    Default Re: Flying Log Book (FLB) Notations, 125 Sqn

    Night Flying Training.

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    Default Re: Flying Log Book (FLB) Notations, 125 Sqn

    ..............or possibly Night Flying Test ?

    Flight to cover aircraft systems prior to operation that night.

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    Default Re: Flying Log Book (FLB) Notations, 125 Sqn

    For an operational pilot I would say Night Flying Test before an operational sortie (for aircraft systems).

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    Default Re: Flying Log Book (FLB) Notations, 125 Sqn

    Night-Flying Test, flown earlier in the day to check everything was ok with the aircraft before setting off later on an operation.
    Last edited by ianh; 8th May 2020 at 17:23.

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    Default Re: Flying Log Book (FLB) Notations, 125 Sqn

    From the squadron appendices, Role of Squadron: Night Fighter.
    From the ORB for 3 Feb'45 'Ten a/c operating on normal NFT's and one engaged on Local Flying Practise'. This appears to be the normal daily routine for this squadron every day.
    Hence Night Flying Training, possibly Night Fighter Training (same thing really), but not Night Flying Test.

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    Default Re: Flying Log Book (FLB) Notations, 125 Sqn

    But did 10 aircraft operate that night subsequently?

    All aircraft flying operationally that night would have had a Night Flying Test. Yes it would have appeared routine because it was .

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    Default Re: Flying Log Book (FLB) Notations, 125 Sqn

    I would go with Night Flying Test as the flights were in daylight. and for only around 45 minutes before a night sortie of two hours that night.

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    Default Re: Flying Log Book (FLB) Notations, 125 Sqn

    Night Flying Tests were normally done in daylight,and were just a 'normal'/routine flight - like a 'shakedown' flight to ensure there were no problems with the Airframe/Engines and electric/electronic equipment.Any small or easy to fix 'snags' could then be rectified before the Operational Flight.

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    Default Re: Flying Log Book (FLB) Notations, 125 Sqn

    From the 49 squadron website ....

    On the 13th, our names appeared on the Battle Order for operations that night to
    fly Lancaster Mark III No. ED 620. The decisive moment had come for us,
    the apprehension before each bombing operation was to start. These feelings
    were relieved to some extent by doing all the preparations necessary before us
    take off.
    The first thing to do was to fly the Aircraft on a Night Flying Test
    (an NFT). This was to ensure that everything was working
    satisfactorily before the bombs and the correct fuel load for the
    flight were loaded on the Aircraft. Afterwards the time was with
    things personal, this included having a meal, and resting.

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