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September 26, 2023

USAF to Fall Short of Fiscal 2023 Pilot Production Goal

Aim High, but Compensate for Bullet-Drop …

The United States Air Force will fall approximately 120-aviators short of its fiscal-year 2023 pilot recruitment and training goals. The service ascribes the shortfall, perhaps apocryphally, to “mechanical issues with training aircraft.” As fiscal 2023 draws to its 30 September close, the USAF anticipates finishing the period having pinned wings on only 1,300 of the 1,470 new pilots it aspired to graduate over the preceding 12-months. So stated 19th Air Force spokesman Benjamin Faske.

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