By William W. Taylor
The variety of fighter plane within the Air strength stock is reducing, however the call for for knowledgeable fighter pilots is expanding. The authors use a dynamic mathematical version to teach that, to maintain from destructive fighter unit readiness, fighter pilot creation within the lively Air strength has to be diminished and new methods to constructing and handling body of workers with fighter pilot-like talents needs to be followed.
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Yet the service still did not have nearly enough fighter pilots in the appropriate year groups to fill either its existing critical staff shortages above wing level or the API‑1 instructor and supervisory billets in the operational squadrons. Despite the demographic mismatches, the total pilot inventory match that finally occurred in FY 2004 received a great deal of publicity, and Air Force leaders may have concluded that the pilot shortage had been resolved and therefore required little additional attention.
For example, A-10 production numbers for FYs 1997, 1998, and 1999 were 63, 72, and 80, respectively; the steady-state requirement was only 56 new pilots per year. , 2005, Chapter Two (and the references cited there) for morecomprehensive historical information. The first T-1 (as opposed to T-38) trained students completed UPT in July 1993, while the first students completed the Navy’s T-44 turboprop training and the Army’s helicopter training programs in FY 1995. Post–Cold War UPT production peaked at 1,082 in FY 2002.
15 This decision curtailed the steady decrease in home-station UTE rates that had developed after the end of the first Gulf War. 2, for the changes in UTE rates. How the Crisis in Fighter Aircrew Management Developed 13 pleted several significant revisions of its UPT programs. The first of these was its reversion to an SUPT program (consisting of separate tracks for pilots headed to different end assignments), followed shortly thereafter by congressionally mandated joint training programs with the Army and Navy to train pilots in helicopters and multiengine turboprop aircraft.