November 14th, 2016, 02:47 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Missoula, MT
Originally Posted by Instructor
Britain broke the mold by using non officers in WWII due to shortage and actually they gave a very good account of their service as pilots. Those accomplishing becoming pilots must qualify for solo flight in an airplane prior to be assigned to a drone driver versus an airplane driver. Manned aircraft for warfare is coming to a lesser and lesser demand due to human life loss and expense and yes, even to better results on the battlefield. Don't think the drones require a whole airfield installation nor a ship that costs in the billions of dollars and certainly much less cost for the drone itself versus a manner aircraft. I could launch one from a football field and recover it as well after a very precision attack on a given target.
The cost is higher than one would think and they are a logistics nightmare in their own way. Are they as expensive as a dozon carriers out on the ocean, no, but carriers fill far more roles than a mobile airfield.
Yeah, but the article states that although they will be piloting drones, they are still required to spend time flying an actual jet before flying the drones.
Yes, this is true. You must be a real pilot prior to sitting behind controls of a drone.