Watch a fascinating and informative documentary that profiles one of America's greatest military aircraft: the B-2 stealth bomber. In this segment you'll learn how to become an air force pilot.
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Rob Southerland: As far as the high school student wanting to be a pilot in the United States Air Force, there is a couple of different things you have to do prerequisites. You have to been an officer to be a pilot. In an order to be an officer, you have to have college degree. As far as graduated from high school, if your dream is to be a pilot, your first priority has to be to get in school. Now, once you get in school, there are different ways to get commission. A commission meaning becoming an air force officer. You can do that through reserved officer training core, which is ROTC. You can do it through OTS, after college. But you just have to pick which one of these routes you want to go and you have stick to it and then follow through with it. Once you get your degree and you finish one of those training process and you get your commission, then you have to go to pilot training. Pilot training is at any one of four or five bases in the air force, where they take guys or girls to be pilots. It's a 52-week process to get your basic pilot wings. During that pilot process, you have to track select. Track select meaning you want to go fly fighters, you want to fly bombers, you want to fly heavies. Once you graduate pilot training, you go to your specific route and you have to go through your initial qualification training. Once you get through your initial qualification training, you have to go through your mission core training, which basically prepares you to go to combat.

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