Thirty-four Libyan Air Force (LAF) aircraft engineers and technicians have graduated and returned to service after completing a 26 month-long basic training course at the Royal Jordanian Air Force Air Academy in the Jordanian capital Amman.
The engineers specialised in the maintenance of Russian-made fighter jets and they are the first graduates to emerge from a bilateral Jordanian-Libyan air force training deal signed between the Kingdom of Jordan and the pre-revolutionary Libyan government of long-time dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2009.
According to the Libya Herald, the graduates started training in 2009 at the LAF-owned Misurata Aviation Academy. It was interrupted by the revolutionary civil war which started in February 2011 and ended with the toppling and murder of Gaddafi by militias in October of the same year. […]