US Navy Announces Multi-Year ‘Recovery Plan’ as Embattled Fleet Short Nearly 100 Fighter Pilots | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US Navy Announces Multi-Year ‘Recovery Plan’ as Embattled Fleet Short Nearly 100 Fighter Pilots

The US Navy is embarking on an ambitious, three-year plan to restore its air training program after a spate of safety and technical issues has left the service short by some 90 fighter pilots from its goal number.

Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Robert Westendorff told attendees of the Tailhook Association’s first virtual symposium that the Navy’s air training has suffered in recent years due to a slew of problems, including oxygen flow issues that triggered concerns of hypoxia, which have left the service without a sufficient number of pilots.

“We can’t just snap our fingers and produce those immediately. The time to train of a strike fighter pilot is about three years; due to the bottlenecks we’ve had, it's getting closer to four years,” Westendorff said on Saturday, as reported by Defense News.

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