The military brass in charge of America’s drones say that there’s a shortage of pilots.
According to The New York Times, a “significant number” of the 1,200 United States Air Force pilots are “coming up for re-enlistment and are opting to leave, while a training program is producing only about half of the new pilots that the service needs.”
Col. James Cluff, commander of the Air Force’s 432nd Wing, invited the Times along with a few other media onto the decade-old nerve center of drone operations outside of Las Vegas on Tuesday. He told them that the Air Force has pulled instructors from schools to the “flight line.” The agency now conducts 65 drone flights a day, a number that is expected to drop to 60 by fall 2015.
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