The report authored last month for the
But for an
Pilots who always made appearances at the Dayton Air Show to meet and greet potential recruits when the wing flew manned fighter jets now can't reveal themselves in public.
The wing's four full-time recruiters have never actually seen where the Predators are controlled from, due to the mission's sensitivity, and aren't likely to anytime soon unless they have the right clearance.
Crews based locally began flying the Predator last year, and play an active role in the War on Terror without ever leaving
"It's still too new," said Col.
The wing has six pilot recruits working their way through the two-year training process -- tapped either from its enlisted ranks or off the street -- but the need remains.
"It's an open advertisement for people to come in and be selected," Davis said.
The jet fighters that roared over
"We exist because of the local population," Schnulo said.
But never before has the 178th -- the lone RPA unit in the
"You're our best vehicle right now," Schnulo confessed during an interview with the
Pilots of all kinds are in short supply, Davis said, whether the aircraft is manned or not, but the Brookings report argues that if the
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