Thursday, August 16, 2012

US Military Pilot Training Emphasizes Drone Warfare

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, New Mexico — The U.S. military is rushing to train more pilots for remotely piloted aircraft as its reliance on drones grows in places such as Afghanistan and Yemen.

Holloman has long been the testing ground for cutting edge warplanes. These days, German training jets are the few manned aircraft to be seen here.

The skies at Holloman are now ruled by remotely-piloted aircraft, or RPA's, flown by crews that never leave the ground.

Their controls are mainly screens and joysticks. It is here that hundreds of young airmen and women are trained to conduct missions thousands of kilometers away in Afghanistan and Yemen. Read More