Air Force

September 6, 2018
 

310th FS maximizes ops to combat pilot shortage

Photos by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid and Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider

Airman 1st Class Joseph Jensen, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, signals the chocks are pulled Aug. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The 310th Fighter Squadron is the largest producer of F-16 pilots in the Air Force. Currently the 310th FS is conducting three initial qualification classes, also called B-courses, with 10 students each. (Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid)

Lowery performs a preflight check on the landing gear. (Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid)

First Lt. Robert Lowery, 310th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon student pilot, prepares for takeoff Aug. 8 at Luke AFB. Lowery is in one of three B-courses at the 310th FS. Running three classes, staggered, allows the 310th to start a new class every six months and maximize pilot production to combat the Air Force’s pilot shortage.

Lowery completes a final check to ensure the safety of the aircraft. The 310th FS flies 26 sorties a day, allowing them to efficiently train more fighter pilots. The current pilot training rate is a part of the 56th Fighter Wing’s efforts to combat the Air Force’s shortage of fighter pilots. (Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider)

A 310th AMU crew chief salutes 1st Lt. Robert Lowery, an F-16 Fighting Falcon student pilot, as he taxis to the runway. (Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid)




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