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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse25 Jan 2019 3:28 p.m. PST


"Perhaps one day the glamor of drones will boost military recruitment, but we aren't there yet. Today, many who operate drones feel resigned to a "second choice" career spent daydreaming of "flying an F-22 around and doing loops and rolls." For those who don't have to daydream, the prospect of flying from the ground is anathema. The increasing prevalence of unmanned aerial vehicles will inevitably conflict with what seems to be a reality of military aviation: Many pilots just want to fly.

Seemingly from the moment the Wright brothers touched down at Kitty Hawk, aviators have found a mystique all their own. Technological developments have threatened that mythos for just as long, but never quite as existentially as drones have. Unmanned vehicles will become an increasingly vital part of military aviation; a recent study recommended a tremendous reduction in manned platforms for the carrier air wing of the 2040s. The technological and doctrinal challenges are daunting enough. What are the multitude of naval aviators itching for the thrill of flight to do?…."
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Lion in the Stars26 Jan 2019 7:47 p.m. PST

"The MQ-25 will mean that Super Hornet pilots won't have to fly buddy tanker missions anymore."

That should make just about every pilot's day!

Oberlindes Sol LIC26 Jan 2019 11:42 p.m. PST

Let's cut to the chase: Will drone pilots have success comparable to that of crewed-aircraft pilots with the ladies in the off-post bar?

I think that the answer will be yes, especially if the drone pilots get good enough at singing songs like You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling.

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