• The 40-minute journey from Creech to Las Vegas through the Mojave Desert is tedious, monotonous and devoid of all colour. During his long shift, the pilot has to endure ‘sedentary behaviour with prolonged screen time, implicated as psychological challenges in the adult video- gaming community’. According to Wayne Chappelle, Clinical Psychologist for the USAF, in addition to re- experiencing any traumatic event that might occur, boredom is one of the determining factors for increasing a risk of PTSD. Operators spend most of their shift watching a screen and Chappelle states that ‘sustaining vigilance is mind-numbing’. The experience of operating a drone has been likened to the film Groundhog Day, where every day is repeated endlessly and nothing ever changes (Psychological Health Screening of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Operators and Supporting Units and email conversation, Chappelle W, 2011). The pilots drift between the past and the present, the real and the imaginary. Slowly, as the city emerges, being brought back to a resemblance of reality: Vegas. ‘Whiplash Transition’ is the expression that the pilots use to represent this experience.