Is there anyone here who can fly a plane?

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The U.S. Air Force is being stretched to the limit, with budget constraints and a growing pilot shortage, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told a news briefing on Thursday.

“The fiscal year ’18 continuing resolution is actually delaying our efforts to increase the readiness of the force,” Wilson said. “And risk accumulates over time, and you just don’t know exactly when things will break. But we are stretching the force to the limit, and we need to start turning the corner on readiness.”



Wilson said restoring readiness means lifting sequestration and hiring more people:

Last summer, we were reporting to people that we were about 1,500…pilots short in the Air Force, and we expected it to get worse.

As the fiscal year closed, we assessed where we were with respect to pilots. And I’m announcing today that, at the close of the last fiscal year, we were 1,926 pilots short. So almost…2,000 pilots short of a force that has 20,000 pilots. So that’s one in 10 that we’re short.

It’s not just pilots, though, and air crew, when it comes to readiness. It is spare parts and flying hours and munitions. So increasing the readiness of the force so that we win any fight, any time, is our top priority.

Senior Airman Mario Fajardo stands guard while on duty. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Melissa Copeland)

Wilson said burnout is one reason for the pilot shortage: “We are too small for all the missions that we’re beings asked to carry out on behalf of the nation,” she said. “And as a result, we’re burning out our people.”  read more

SNIP: Thanks, 0bama.

21 Comments on Is there anyone here who can fly a plane?

  1. The process for becoming a military pilot is ridiculously long and inefficient. You can wait six months waiting for someone to schedule the next test requirement for qualification.

  2. In WW2 we developed a training program that turned farm boys into pilots in 90 days. Sometimes less.
    Those guys had to master true stick and rudder flying, paper map navigation, and every other skill. No computers, no avionics, no electronics we take for granted today.

  3. That’s funny… the Arm-Chair Force turned away 2 people I know who scored in the high 80’s on the test due to wearing eye glasses.
    Granted they were going enlisted and not officer but the article said they needed crew.

    Beggars can’t be choosers right?

  4. I can swear I heard in the
    past few years that the pilots
    were leaving because of the
    massive cutbacks in flying
    and training hours. I’m sure
    the PC/feminist/gay crap was
    part of it also.

  5. Barry caused a lot of problems, but the current AG finds he is not willing to prosecute, Time to send Jeffy back to the sticks. The drone needs to be replaced by a worker bee!

  6. Oblowme’s pro gay and pro feminization of the Services are the main reasons pilots do not stay. The least competent officers rose thru the flag ranks. Competent, masculine, competitive, and principled men were passed over for promotion. Not a wise move when airlines are short of pilots.

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