Air Force Pilots, Aircraft Missing Flying Time
(March 6, 2018) Aircraft in the Air Force were ready to fly only 71.3 percent of the time in fiscal 2017, down from a 72.1 mission-capable rate the previous year.
“It scares the heck out of me. It really does,” said retired Gen. Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlisle, the former commander of Air Combat Command.
And Air Force pilots are flying an average of 17.6 hours each month, a figure inflated by the high tempo of deployed pilots in the Middle East, reports Air Force Times.