The BBC cameras follow an ever diminishing band of students through 3 years of training and selection.
The story begins with 31 officer candidates at the Biggin Hill recruitment centre May 1978.
The series shocked the RAF by showing a young officer at home living on baked beans.
Fighter Pilot was a hit with the viewers, but those in charge were outraged and in the fall-out prohibited officers from living off-barracks for several years.
The programme acquired mythical stature within the RAF, leaving a deep-seated distrust of television, especially as colleagues of the pilots featured 25 years ago are now in charge, and remember the spat with the BBC clearly.