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Air Force creating training program for UAV pilots

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I always wondered about this. Flying a drone is unlike flying a regular plane, and unlike telepresence in other arenas because of, well, the killing aspect. I figured they used a Last Starfighter type system to select likely candidates, but the actual training program will be much more practical (and less exciting). Non-pilots will be trained in flying an actual small plane over six weeks, then there is an additional six weeks of more specific instruction, such as UAVs’ weapons systems and how to coordinate with ground forces. And no Ender’s Game-esque hijinx, I hope?

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