Dating air force pilot
Unlike traditional pilots who would expect to be wingmen or co-pilots in initial combat mission ready status, the RPA pilots are immediately solo and in charge of their mission upon reaching mission ready status.
They are also thrust straight into actual combat upon reaching mission ready status, so it was essential that AETC trained as many basic skills as possible in the undergraduate training to prepare the RPA pilots for flight in National/International Airspace and readiness to enter the Formal Training Unit for their assigned RPA.
Primary Flying Training is designed to teach the basic flying fundamentals necessary to safely operate any U. Air Force aircraft and lays the foundation for the advanced phase and for future responsibilities as military officers and leaders.
After the primary phase of specialized training, student pilots are selected for one of three advanced training tracks based on needs of the Air Force and their class standing.
Pilots assigned to fighter aircraft complete the Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals Course, flying the T-38C.
Students then move on to train in the F-15 Eagle at Kingsley Field, Oregon or in the F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke AFB, Arizona, Tucson Air National Guard Base, Arizona, or JBSA-Lackland, Texas.
Students assigned to the KC-135 Stratotanker or C-17 Globemaster III aircraft are trained at Altus AFB, Oklahoma. Air Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighter instructor pilots and operational test pilots began at Eglin AFB, Florida, continuing in 2012.
The Air Force's Personnel Center maintains statistics for the active-duty force; for information pertaining to the Air National Guard (ANG) or Air Force Reserve (AFR) components, please use the links below.
Prospective airlift and tanker pilots are assigned to the airlift/tanker track and train in the T-1 Jayhawk.
Student pilots headed for bomber or fighter assignments are assigned to the bomber/fighter track and train in the T-38.
Finally, a month long RPA Fundamentals Course at JBSA-Randolph is designed to give new RPA pilots without operational experience the tactical grounding experience needed to enter the Formal Training Units for the various RPAs: MQ-1, MQ-9, and RQ-4.
In addition to pilot and RPA pilot training, AETC provides Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training; this training takes place at NAS Pensacola, Florida.