posted on Jan, 15 2005 @ 06:09 PM
I found a interesting article
The Age of the Fighter Ace Ends
"In the last half century, only three U.S. Air Force pilots have become aces (destroying five or more enemy aircraft.) There may never be any more
aces. In nearly a century of operations, only 816 American air force fighter pilots have become aces. Most (87 percent) of those were in World War II.
There were 39 aces in the Korean war, and only three during the Vietnam war. In the last ten years, seven pilots scored two victories, and three shot
down three aircraft. None scored four or more victories."
"Moreover, the availability of nuclear weapons has restrained the major world powers from fighting each other directly. So the only wars are between
second and third rate proxies, versus American fighter pilots. These smaller nations tend to see their air forces destroyed on the ground, or have too
few aircraft in the air to allow American pilots to become aces. The biggest threat to American pilots is anti-aircraft fire, either bullets or
Pretty interesting seems in the last 10 years 3 pilots came only 2 more planes away from becoming a ace, I did not know that. Also there has been a
sharp drop of in number of aces in wars.
[edit on 15-1-2005 by ShadowXIX]