Doug Bedell — November 8, 2017, 2:50 pm

Aircraft-Sized Drones Are Flown By ‘Pilots’ Via Computers


Drones used to be little bigger in size than model airplanes. Not any longer. Military surveillance drones like the RQ-4 Global Hawk are unmanned security vehicles about as large as fighter planes. And enlisted airmen, DefenseTech advises, are lining up to fly them via on-the-ground computer controls.

“‘This is an opportunity for active-duty airmen in the ranks of staff sergeant-select through senior master sergeants who meet and complete the application requirements to be considered for the 1U1X1 Enlisted Remotely Piloted Aircraft pilot career field,’ said Master Sgt. Mark Moore, the Air Force Personnel Center career enlisted aviator assignments manager.

“‘Just like officers from other career fields apply to become pilots, AFPC will conduct annual selection boards every January to select qualified enlisted airmen for entry into this new, exciting career field,’ he said.”

This isn’t Macy’s anymore, my hearties.

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