MIL Future of the fighter pilot

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  1. Godspeed

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    Not sure what you guys think of this or if it has been discussed before but I was wondering what the future has in store for fighter pilots? I remember reading a while back how the military was planning on scaling back their fighter pilot force because there's not really any immediate need for them. I guess the argument was that who are U.S. fighter pilots going to go up against as there really isn't any other air force that can touch ours.

    Don't know if this holds any water but I figure I'd ask you guys and get the scoop.
     
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    I wouldn't say so much that there isn't an air force that can 'touch' ours. Sure, ours is vastly superior, but if we ever get tangled up in a conventional war, we'll still need to establish air superiority the old fashion way, instead of taking it for granted.

    We got complacent before Vietnam, thinking that we'd be able to down enemy aircraft from beyond visual range 100% of the time, and it turned out not to be the case.

    I don't see air superiority being achieved by anything other than air superiority fighters any time in the next 50 years, and as long as that's true, we'll need to maintain trained fighter pilots.
     
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    The F-35 will probably be the last large scale production fighter. UAV's and there use increases daily with technology. This reduces the potential lose of a highly trained asset (pilot). I thing about 2 year ago 160 academy graduating office were diverted to UAV. That kind of says it all...
     
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    That makes sense. My granddad was a recon pilot in Vietnam and those guys would get pretty heavy losses just to shoot some pictures. I remember my grandfather was the only original pilot in his squadron to survive the war. That's a big price to pay to take a few photos. If you can get an unmanned plane to do the same thing while potential saving some guy's ass, it's a no-brainer.
     
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    Yes, but it's guys like him that keeps us free thank God for men and women willing to sacrifice everything. I wish more Americans realize the price that has been paid for their freedom.
     
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    indeed. I forsee fighter pilots going from cockpits to trailers.
     
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