The first class of young officers entering the Air Force's new career field to operate remotely piloted aircraft directly out of the Air Force Academy or ROTC has begun RPA pilot training at Randolph AFB, Tex., announced Randolph officials, Jan. 21, 2011. After being commissioned, this group of eight second lieutenants spent more than two months in Pueblo, Colo., for initial flight training. At Randolph, their training consists of the RPA instrument qualification, or RIQ, course and the RPA fundamentals course. Prior to them, the officers who trained to fly RPA came from other career fields. Here, an MQ-1 Predator RPA taxies down a runway at Creech AFB, Nev.
Air Force photo by SrA. Larry Reid
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