For the first time, the Air Force will train more pilots in 2009 to fly MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles than it does to fly its manned fighters and bombers, USA Today reported, June 16, 2009, citing senior USAF officials and service documents. Here, SrA. Nathan Gehrke (top), a sensor operator for MQ-1 Predator UAVs, assists Capt. Aaron Mihaljevich, a Predator pilot, during a training mission at Creech AFB, Nev., July 2, 2008.
Air Force photo by SrA. Larry Reid
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