Air Force facing growing crisis in pilot shortage

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

Lt. Col. Brett Manger, C-17 aircraft commander (left) and co-pilot Richard M. Smith prepare to land the jet at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., after picking up troops and supplies from four states on a relief aid flight for Hurricane Irma survivors. The crew with the Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing started and ended Sept. 12, 2017, journey at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Like the Air Force, the unit faces a pilot shortage of its own. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF
Lt. Col. Brett Manger, C-17 aircraft commander (left) and co-pilot Richard M. Smith prepare to land the jet at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., after picking up troops and supplies from four states on a relief aid flight for Hurricane Irma survivors. The crew with the Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing started and ended Sept. 12, 2017, journey at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Like the Air Force, the unit faces a pilot shortage of its own. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF

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