Where are the pilots to fly the coming wave of new helicopters?
If the Vietnam War could be said to have provided anything good, it was its technological advancement of turbine-powered helicopters and development of a pool of qualified pilots to fly them. At the peak of the war, the U.S. Army was churning out some 300 pilots a month. Then, in 1970 the service started giving “early outs” to pilots, reaching a monthly high of 4,000 in 1971. This phase of exits was followed by a massive reduction in force, or RIF, that dumped even more highly trained, ...
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