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The US Air Force’s struggle to retain fighter pilots

The US Air Force is facing a pilot shortage and ranks of fighter pilots have been hit hardest. In 2015, the force was short 511 fighter pilots, a number that increased to nearly 750 at the end of 2016. Has the allure of the swashbuckling, all-American hero worn off? And what are the US Air Force and others doing to attract new recruits? Claire Apthorp finds out.

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