Apparently to become an pilot in the Royal Air Force, you needed to take piano lessons. And that led to the ceremonious burning of pianos as a tribute to a pilot who died.

The Puma crash pilots who passed away in Afghanistan have been remembered with treasured tradition at RAF Benson.

A familiar send-off for those in the Royal Air Force, the long-standing custom of piano burning is surrounded in myth and story-telling, but traces its roots to the period between the First and Second World Wars. Originally, pianos were set alight by pilots to avoid taking lessons aimed at improving finesse and civility.

But why were piano lessons enforced in the first place?

Read the full explanation here.