Era of the fighter pilot may be drawing to a close as unmanned aircraft take on increasing combat role

The Mil & Aero Video Blog, 17 May 2011. The American fighter pilot is an enduring icon of American military heroism, but the era of the fighter pilot may be drawing to a close with development of new models of unmanned combat aircraft, increasing costs of fighter pilot training, and the spiraling costs of procuring the latest generations of manned jet fighter aircraft. John Keller reports in the Mil & Aero Video Blog.

The Mil & Aero Video Blog, 17 May 2011. The American fighter pilot is an enduring icon of American military heroism, but the era of the fighter pilot may be drawing to a close with development of new models of unmanned combat aircraft, increasing costs of fighter pilot training, and the spiraling costs of procuring the latest generations of manned jet fighter aircraft. John Keller reports in the Mil & Aero Video Blog.

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