Air Combat Command Converting Actual Pilots Into Drones

The sensors dome mounted on this Cessna 182 comes from a Predator. And it's under that wing because there's a shortage of Predators and Reapers, so pilots can't get training with real drones. The solution? Convert other pilots into drones.

Fortunately, that doesn't mean re-programming and wiring human pilot brains to the aeroplanes. That would be way too cool. The Cessna pilots—both military and civilian—just follow the flight patterns of the drones, while pilots learn to use the real time images and information sent by the sensor balls. [Aviation Weekly]

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