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Air Force facing growing crisis in pilot shortage

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 9:52 AM

The Air Force has a pilot shortage of about 2,000 aviators who fly fighter and bomber jets to tanker and cargo planes. The Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base faces a pilot shortage of its own. Here, crews off-load a pallet of hurricane relief items Sept. 12, 2017 at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. The C-17 flight began and ended at Wright-Patterson and traveled to four states outside of Ohio. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF OLD CUTLINE Crews off-load a pallet of hurricane relief items Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. The flight began at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and traveled to four states. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF
The Air Force has a pilot shortage of about 2,000 aviators who fly fighter and bomber jets to tanker and cargo planes. The Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base faces a pilot shortage of its own. Here, crews off-load a pallet of hurricane relief items Sept. 12, 2017 at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. The C-17 flight began and ended at Wright-Patterson and traveled to four states outside of Ohio. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF OLD CUTLINE Crews off-load a pallet of hurricane relief items Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. The flight began at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and traveled to four states. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF

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