1.) Unlike the 1980s following the release of “Top Gun,” it’s no longer cool to be a fighter pilot – or so it would seem. The Pentagon expects to be short almost 200 fighter pilots this year. And, that shortfall is expected to be close to 700 pilots by 2021. A variety of factors are involved, including the availability of better paying commercial flying jobs, repeated overseas deployments, plus the threat of the job being superseded by remotely-controlled drones. Plus, with thousands of current commercial airline pilots expected to reach mandatory retirement age in the next few years, the Air Force may find itself in an every more difficult position.
2.) There’s a new world record which was set over the weekend in Vera, Spain. 729 nude swimmers went for a dip in the Mediterranean Sea and broke the skinny dipping world record. The mayor of the Spanish city said he expected about 600 people, and called the mass nude swim a “tremendous success.” The event was a charity benefit but was more to bolster tourism in the town. The record broke the mark of 506 swimmers set earlier this year in New Zealand.
3.) Yesterday, it was all over the TV and the internet, but there was one place where you did not see breaking news announcing the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son. While cable news was providing round the clock baby watch coverage, and ABC and NBC interrupted their regular programming with special reports, CBS News did not. In fact, CBS was the only network that did not break away from its regular programming to announce the birth of the royal heir.