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18X pilots graduate from AF’s first MQ-9 Basic Course

MQ-9 Reaper student pilots receive their wings during a ceremony at the Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., base theater Aug. 16. The MQ-9 Basic Course, which accounts for almost half of the total training pipeline, mirrors traditional Undergraduate Pilot Training, but also has some differences specific to the MQ-9 platform. The graduation ceremony marks the first time a student pilot in the Air Force Specialty Code 18X has completed the MQ-9 Basic Course without having been previously qualified in a manned aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Siuta B. Ika/ Released)

PHOTO BY: Senior Airman Siuta B. Ika Released
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