The pilots of the Israeli Air Force have defended the country’s skies since 1948. They’re an elite group, and only the best of the best make it through years of rigorous training and tests before participating in real operations.

The pilots course alone is the longest of its kind in the world, and cadets face a gauntlet of psychological, medical and logical tests along the way.

Here are 11 facts about the training they go through.

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