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An exploratory study was conducted to investigate knowledge and skill retention of foreign military fighter pilot trainees with intermediate levels of flying experience. Twenty participants completed a standardized advanced skills fighter-training program that lasted about 10 months for the first class (n=12) and eight months for the second (n=8). Following flight training, the students engaged in non-flying duties (i.e., leave, English training classes). Members of the first class did not resume flying for a minimum of eight months; the second class returned to the simulator or the flight line within three months of completing initial training. Thus, two retention intervals were available for analysis. Analyses of instructor estimates of the students’ skill and knowledge retention revealed significantly greater perceived decay among the students in the first class. Furthermore, the students in the second class were perceived to have been better prepared for their sorties than those in the first.