Enlisted Pilots for the USAF

It would appear that the USAF has finally realized that enlisted personnel are capable of flying UAS. I wonder if they would ever consider Warrant Officers to fly aircraft… I doubt it, as they need overpaid commissioned officer whiners to fly those aircraft.

About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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4 Responses to Enlisted Pilots for the USAF

  1. rustybill says:

    ‘Bout freakin’ time.

    Back when I was USAF AD, one of my squadron mates was a licensed private pilot, with multi-engine and instrument ratings. Might even have been a qualified instructor. He was arguably more qualified than some of our aircraft commanders. He was also a Senior Master Sergeant (E-8). This was in 1977…

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    • vmijpp says:

      It is about damn time. As much as unmanned aircraft have changed things so far, I think we’ve only scratched the surface on what’s in store.

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  2. SMSgt Mac says:

    As the former ranking active duty UAV controller in the AF until they decided to merge my missile shredout (411X0, Remotely Piloted Vehicle and Drone Systems analyst) with ICBM maintenance to make room for all those ‘banked’ pilots, I’m SO happy to have our earlier efforts flushed down the memory hole. /sarc.
    We supported the Project Amber granddaddy of the Predator flight test program, and I personally did MITL test for the common ground station. Nothing in the command and control of a Reaper or Predator was not already employed or tested by us, among a lot of other stuff. The only thing new is ‘operational’. Good on the AF about that, but remember where you came from.

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  3. slater says:

    The Air Force Chief of Staff complained about readiness and how they didn’t have enough pilots…well when you don’t let enlisted guys fly your UAS, no shit.

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