All those years studying weight, lift, drag, and thrust and only now do I learn that what is needed to fly I knew all along. According to a recent NTM-A blog, English makes flying possible. So the stick-and-rudder skills aren’t as important after all.
The Soviets just taught the Afghans to fly using their native language as opposed to the international language of flying. Not only was it easier, faster, and more cost-effective, it undoubtedly cut down on the number of defectors.
Back in the world constrained by gravity, Afghan ground crews are being trained how to repair and maintain the aircraft before they become lawn-darts: Kandahar Airfield begins teaching its first maintenance fundamentals course.
Lesson Number One: Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.