Drone Milestone: More RPA Jobs Than Any Other Pilot Position

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line Nov. 22, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Christian Clausen)

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line Nov. 22, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Christian Clausen)

by Oriana Pawlyk

The U.S. Air Force now has more jobs for MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones than any other type of pilot position, the head of Air Education and Training Command said last week.

“I never thought I’d say that when I joined the Air Force,” Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson told reporters during a media roundtable at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida. “So we’re really in a much better footing with RPA pilot production in addition to just getting the numbers up,” he said March 3.

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