USAF Makes Some Gains In Reducing Pilot Shortage

A U.S. Air Force undergraduate pilot training student prepares for takeoff in November 2019 at Laughlin AFB, Texas.
Credit: U.S. Air Force
The U.S. Air Force has made some progress in addressing its pilot shortage thanks to increased production and retention, but still remains far below its goal. At the end of fiscal 2021, the Air Force was short 1,650 manned pilots. This is down from 1,925 in fiscal 2020 and about 2,100 in 2019. The...
Brian Everstine

Brian Everstine is the Pentagon Editor for Aviation Week, based in Washington, D.C. Before joining Aviation Week in August 2021, he covered the Pentagon for Air Force Magazine. Brian began covering defense aviation in 2011 as a reporter for Military Times.

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