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UK's RAF Uses Mazda MX-5 RF To Recruit Future Pilots

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RAF. RF. Close enough.

The Royal Air Force figured it could do without the "A" just this once, hence its decision to use the Mazda MX-5 RF to help its latest recruitment drive. According to Mazda UK, the MX-5 RF attended 20 events and air shows last summer alongside the usual military aircraft. It also took part in a special publicity shoot involving a Chinook helicopter. The MX-5 RF, assigned to the Non-Commissioned Aircrew Recruiting Team at RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire, was painted in Soul Red with a unique livery in order to attract the most attention.

But honestly, how does an MX-5 RF convince young people to enlist? Well, somehow it's working. "Peoples reaction to the car is normally where do I sign up! They are of course interested as to what the car has to do with a career in the RAF, but for us the RF has proven to be a great ice breaker, it encourages people who may have ordinarily walked by to stop and talk to us", commented Flight Sergeant Liam Osmond, from the Non-Commissioned Aircrew Recruiting Team. Arranging for a photo shoot with that wicked cool Chinook helicopter also doesn't hurt to attract positive attention, and hopefully for the RAF, the next generation of pilots.

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At the same time, the MX-5 RF features a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight livery as a tribute to the brave pilots that fought in the horrific World War II battle. The MX-5 RF will be displayed at the Imperial War Museum Duxford's Remembrance Weekend Event in the next few days.