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September 30, 2014

Drone Crews

The flying branch refers to each on-station drone as a “Combat Air Patrol,” or CAP.
Normally, a CAP includes four drones. One is in the air over the target area. Another is en route to replace it when its fuel runs out. The other two machines are in maintenance. But a CAP also needs people—186 people, to be exact. Fifty-nine people launch, land and repair the Predators at airfields near the actual combat zones, in places such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Djibouti. Forty-five CAP members live and work at an air base in the United States, flying the drones via Ku-band satellite. Another 82 people scattered across the U.S. pore over the video imagery the robots acquire and forward it onward to intelligence officials and front-line commanders.
Air Force Drone Crews Got So Demoralized That They Booed Their Commander — War Is Boring — Medium

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 30, 2014 6:49 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Boy oh boy. I'd rather watch bumpers rust than live like these guys live. (USAF pilot 1957-1975). Read the whole article.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 1, 2014 7:31 AM

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