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3 Must-Read Longreads: Meet the people who fly military drones

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IF YOU WANT a juicy longread to sink your teeth into, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are three to save for a moment of peace, or devour straight away.

What’s it like to be a drone operator? That’s what this in-depth article looks at, meeting the people directing drones from thousands of miles away.

[The Guardian - approx 27 mins reading time]

“We pan back to the helicopter that was supposed to land and we see it in pieces on the ground,” Ray recalled. “It had crashed. It’s one thing to go through training and looking at virtual scenarios of helicopter crashes. But seeing it live from thousands of miles away knowing those are our guys on the ground injured, it’s an indescribable feeling.”

Jeff Wise has spent a lot of time drafting his own theories as to where the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is. But is that, well, a bit crazy?

[NY Mag - approx 42 mins reading time]

There had been no bad weather, no distress call, no wreckage, no eyewitness accounts of a fireball in the sky—just a plane that said good-bye to one air-traffic controller and, two minutes later, failed to say hello to the next. And the crash, if it was a crash, got stranger from there.

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is profiled here, looking at how a guy with no acting training went on to such great heights.

[Intelligent Life - approx 6 mins reading time]

Aware of the pitfalls of luvvieness, he shudders as he hears the word “process” tumble out of his mouth. But he’s about to play a living icon in the grip of a fierce degenerative disease, so some sort of process is required. At least he didn’t call it a journey.

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