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    Slightly bizarre request. I am writing a children's book and part of the story involves a 90 year old former WW2 spitfire pilot taking an 11 year old boy through some physical education type/flight training to build up his strength, similar to RAF training.

    I don't have the first clue about this sort of thing, working in theatre for my day job.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for possible exercises you would do for this sort of thing?

    Any help gratefully received!

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    (Original post by EHigham)
    Hello

    Slightly bizarre request. I am writing a children's book and part of the story involves a 90 year old former WW2 spitfire pilot taking an 11 year old boy through some physical education type/flight training to build up his strength, similar to RAF training.

    I don't have the first clue about this sort of thing, working in theatre for my day job.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for possible exercises you would do for this sort of thing?

    Any help gratefully received!

    Emma
    If he's supposed to be a WW2 pilot, then any of the 'modern' training systems are going to be pretty redundant and not all that realistic for what he'd know. Just look back to all those 40s and 50s physical education stereotypes. Lots of running, lots of swimming, mmass groups of ranked servicemen doing star jumps on the square, etc.

    Don't know if you're looking for any karate-kid-esque "wax on, wax off" type exercises that would transform a kid into a pilot, but I can assure you, they don't exist. Closest thing would be having the kid do a cross-country run while getting to do random mental arithmetic questions...
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    How about that crazy 50's Canadian Air Force plan called the 5BX, google it, I heard it was all the rave at the time off people who actually had a crack at it!

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