American air forces have been training pilots for years with the remotely controlled F-4 Phantom. Soon, however, they will upgrade those old-fashioned machines that remember the times of the Vietnam War and replace them with the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters.
While today’s technology allows you to train pilots in a virtual environment, there’s no substitute for real-world training. So the American army has used the modified F-4 Phantom machines for decades, which have remote control and training functions.
However, fighters still remembered in Vietnam are too old to face modern machines, so the air forces are going to send them back to the museum and replace some of the more modern F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Boeing a few days ago delivered the first 126 of the QF-16 drones to Tyndall, while in early October another five machines will be used in parallel with the MiG-29 Fulcrum and the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker.