A fighter pilot
is a military aviator
trained in air-to-air combat while piloting a fighter aircraft
(expressly designed for engaging other aircraft). Fighter pilots undergo specialized training in aerial warfare
(close range aerial combat). Not all fighter pilots experience combat, but one who attains the mark of five or more aerial "kills" is known as an "ace
Fighter Pilots are one of the most highly-regarded positions in any air force. Selection processes only accept the elite out of all the potential candidates. An individual who possess an exceptional academic record, physical fitness, healthy well-being, and a strong mental drive will have a higher chance of getting accepted. Candidates must also exhibit reputable leadership and teamwork abilities since virtually all fighter pilots are also military officers.
Fighter pilots must be in optimal health to handle the physical demands of modern aerial warfare. Excellent heart condition is required, as g-forces have a tendency to suck blood away from the brain. Fighter pilots also require strong muscle tissue along the extremities and abdomen, for mounting an anti-G straining maneuver (AGSM, see below) when performing tight turns and other highly accelerated maneuvers. Better-than-average visual acuity
is also a valuable asset.
Modern medium and long range active radar homing
and semi-active radar homing
missiles can be fired at... Read More