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ENJJPT is Short for Where Future US and Allied Aviators Go to Get Their Wings

Watch How the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program Keeps the Pipelines Filled

Official US Air Force Photograph

The Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program (ENJJPT) is a multi-national training program that trains combat pilots for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) air forces. The program consists of a 55 week long three-phased curriculum.

An average of 200 pilots graduate from the program each year, earning their wings and going on to fly everything from air superiority fighters to transports to tankers and helicopters for the air forces of their respective countries. In addition to the Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT), there are three other distinct training programs:  Pilot Instructor Training (PIT), which produces instructor pilots, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF), and IFF Upgrade Instructor Pilot Training.

Official US Air Force Photograph

More than 1,300 military, civilian, and contractor personnel support the ENJJPT Program. The students fly Beechraft T-6A Texan II primary trainers, Cessna T-1A Jayhawk multi-engine trainers, and Northrop T-38C and AT-38C Talon advanced jet trainers. ENJJPT recently retired the last of their Cessna T-37 Tweet primary jet trainers. Other training aircraft are utilized for more specialized training as required. The United States Air Force (USAF) 80th Flying Training Wing (FTW) traces its history back to World War II, when as the 80th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) they flew Curtiss P-40 Warhawks in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theatre. Deactivated soon after the war ended, the Wing was reformulated in 1972 and has been focused on training American and allied pilots ever since. The ENJJPT Program was established in 1981, with the IFF syllabus being added in 1994.

Official US Air Force Photograph

Bonus Video- a student-produced look at ENJJPT Class 1607. There is some great HD in-flight footage in this one.

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.