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Royal Air Force Prefers Gamers To Pilots

Kotaku writes: "There's an economic crisis going on, and times are tough all over. Even at Britain's Royal Air Force, which is looking to save a penny or two by replacing some combat pilots with...gamers.

Thankfully, we're not talking about real fighters here, so rest easy, people of Britain. You won't have some snotty-nosed kid crashing a Eurofighter into your back yard.

You may find one crashing a Reaper - an unmanned reconaissance drone - into an Afghani's backyard, though, with the RAF choosing to skip on the £4million it currently spends training drone pilots like proper pilots. Instead, they'll begin employing pilots with as little as 30 hours of basic flight training, with special attention given to young gamers."

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