Air Force Works To Fill Need For Drone Pilots

By: AP
By: AP

At the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, becoming a fighter pilot remains a hotly coveted goal.

But a culture change is slowly taking hold.

Initially snubbed as second-class wannabes, the airmen who remotely control America's arsenal of lethal drones are gaining stature and securing a permanent place in the Air Force.

It's a far cry from the grumbling across the air corps a few years ago when Air Force leaders -- desperate to meet a growing demand for drones -- began yanking fighter pilots out of their cockpits and placing them at the controls of unmanned Predators and Reapers.

The shift is critical as the Air Force struggles to fill a shortfall of more than 300 drone pilots to meet the U.S. military's enormous hunger for drones.


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