Category Archives: Pilots

RAF drone pilots to get their own “wings” badges

Following on from the U.S. Air Force’s lead, which is considering “bravery” medals for its pilots, the RAF is mulling awarding “badges” to its armchair operators. Perhaps irony is insufficient in times like these. But for those that still want … Continue reading

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Drone “pilots” to receive bravery medals

The Washington Post reports on the Pentagon’s consideration to award drone pilots medals for “bravery”. Pentagon officials have been briefed on the medal’s “unique concept,” Charles V. Mugno, head of the Army Institute of Heraldry, told a recent meeting of the Commission … Continue reading

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Drone operators suffering from stress

The LA times reports on the increasing levels of stress endured by drone crews. Despite critiques of them being ‘detached’ from the battlefield, they are in constant communication with ground troops, and often feel a sense of ‘helplessness’ and remorse … Continue reading

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The psychological impact on drone pilots

Around 1,100 Air Force pilots fly remotely piloted aircraft, or drones. These planes soar over Iraq or Afghanistan, but the pilots sit at military bases back in the United States. A new Pentagon study shows that almost 30 percent of … Continue reading

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First American causalities of drone ‘friendly fire’ result of miscommunication

The LA Times summarizes a report into the case of US marines killed by a Predator drone. The main findings surround the miscommunication between ground and air, and the rate at which the Hellfire missile was deployed.

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Story on UK Reaper pilots at Creech

The Guardian gives a nice overview of the RAF’s 39 squadron,  formed in 2007. The pilots fly Reapers in Afghanistan, and the unit is expected to expand as the RAF seeks to increase the number of unmanned aircraft in its … Continue reading

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