The Royal Flying Academy was the primary training centre for the aerial forces of the Kingdom of Vesryn, and later the Royal Air Arm of the Empire of Greater Vesryn. It was founded in the early Blessed Era with the purpose of ensuring a high standard of competency for Vesryn's growing aerial forces, but would soon grow into a fully fledged institution unifying tradition and technology as it became available.
The grounds of the Academy, located close to the palace of Griffon's Rest in Hawkrun, became a major staging point for Vesryn aerial warships during the 15th century onwards.
Until its official creation in 1444 B.E, the griffon cavalry and Vesryn's growing fleet of airships were simply an extension of the Royal Army, albeit a highly decorated and much celebrated one. Over a period of decades, reforms were introduced to modernise the griffon cavalry and formally create a new dedicated air force. By 1495 B.E, the Royal Air Arm had been formally established, and the griffon cavalry had become a suborganisation known as the Royal Flying Corps.
In 1440 B.E the Royal Army underwent considerable change, and the griffon cavalry was reformed as part of a movement to establish Vesryn's growing aerial forces as an organisation of its own. Realising the need for a standardised training regime, the Chancellor of Defence the 10th Duke of Mulland began preparations for the construction of a training academy in Hawkrun. The building was planned to have multiple wings, a large parade ground and a centralised barracks to house recruits during their stay at the academy. The plans were later extended to include large areas of flight space and a large park able to house griffons and their riders. The building was finished in 1464 B.E, and was almost instantly flooded with recruits, presumably due to public recruitment campaigns conducted by the Hawkrun Chancellery.
In times of desperation or in war, when the Royal Air Arm was known to conscript from the population the academy would take on the training of these men and women. Those that were in desperate need of training were placed at the front of the queue, but the academy often took on large numbers of administrative staff from the population to cope with the rising problems of logistics.
The Royal Flying Corps never adopted this practice. As training riders for griffons was a slow and often unforgiving process, candidates for the Flying Corps were selected from the annual top 50 recruits of the Flying Academy. Preference was given to those without families or attachments, and those who survived the training process were often regarded as elite soldiers, prized even in times of war.
The First Formation
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