U.S. Officials Call Fighter Pilot Shortage A 'Crisis'

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Maj. Brian Healy is the director of operations for the 62 Fighter Squadron. (Casey Kuhn/KJZZ)

For the past two decades, in countries such as Iraq, Syria, Italy and Japan, the United States Air Force has kept up a steady drumbeat of operations. But now demand is far outpacing the supply of fighter pilots needed to fulfill those duties.

Officials are calling the pilot shortage a “crisis.”

As Casey Kuhn of Here & Now contributor KJZZ reports, an Air Force training base in Arizona has been tapped to help solve the fighter pilot shortage.


Casey Kuhn, senior field correspondent for KJZZ. She tweets @CaseyAtTheDesk.

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