Video: See inside Ellington's virtual cockpits
Play the 147th Reconnaissance Wing's own video of drones at work.
The 15 fighter jets of Ellington's 147th Reconnaissance Wing no longer rattle our windows in Clear Lake, and we may never see the Predator drones that pushed them out.
But we all know that this is where pilots are guiding remote-controlled Predators over insurgent hideouts and convoy routes in Afghanistan or Iraq.
And over the weekend, the Houston Chronicle's Lindsay Wise provided a very interesting in-depth look at how it all works.
Among those she interviewed are Jon Stiles, a 36-year-old major with the Texas Air National Guard who gets to hit the gym, walk the dog, and kiss the baby and wife goodbye before heading to work in a virtual combat zone.
This long-distance warfare might sound like science fiction, but for Stiles, it's all too real.
Sometimes I'll hear guys screaming and gunfire in the background," he said. Your heart's racing, probably just like theirs, even though you're not actually there."
Get the full story from chron.com.
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