Drones may dominate the future of flying, but human pilots aren’t going extinct for a while: The ultra-high-tech F-22 and F-35A fighters are finally entering service, and should spend decades aloft. That’s why the US Air Force is launching a competition to find the jet that will educate its next generation of fighter pilots. Trainer jets are a bit like driver’s ed cars. Their two seats each offer a full set of controls, so the experienced Top Gun can mold noob pilots into air jocks without risking their lives. The Air Force’s current top trainer, the T-38 Talon, has been flying for 50 years; the youngest of the planes are in their mid-40s.