A pilot watches the Blue Angels perform from the wing of the Highland Lakes Squadron's 1944 C-47 Skytrain during the 2011 Keesler Air Force Base airshow in Biloxi. With an Air Force pilot shortage that has hit 2,000, and commercial airlines in a hiring boom, service leaders are brainstorming ways to address a deepening crisis, eyeing improved financial incentives and a host of administrative actions to improve quality of life for aviators and their families.
A pilot watches the Blue Angels perform from the wing of the Highland Lakes Squadron's 1944 C-47 Skytrain during the 2011 Keesler Air Force Base airshow in Biloxi. With an Air Force pilot shortage that has hit 2,000, and commercial airlines in a hiring boom, service leaders are brainstorming ways to address a deepening crisis, eyeing improved financial incentives and a host of administrative actions to improve quality of life for aviators and their families. James Edward Bates Sun Herald file
A pilot watches the Blue Angels perform from the wing of the Highland Lakes Squadron's 1944 C-47 Skytrain during the 2011 Keesler Air Force Base airshow in Biloxi. With an Air Force pilot shortage that has hit 2,000, and commercial airlines in a hiring boom, service leaders are brainstorming ways to address a deepening crisis, eyeing improved financial incentives and a host of administrative actions to improve quality of life for aviators and their families. James Edward Bates Sun Herald file

‘National pilot crisis’ is hitting the Air Force hard

November 19, 2017 05:00 AM