posted on Nov, 12 2006 @ 03:47 PM
Actually, you need controlled agression. It is about picking the right time to ram home the advantage, and when you do, you do it until the other guy
is dead. That is the agressiveness that WestPoint is talking about. Just because you are agressive doesn't mean you'll screw things up. Most
of the wash-outs I've seen on initial fighter or conversion course is because the student is too timid when the opportunity to press home an
advantage arises. It might be the one chance you get, you need to know when to take it.
As for women versus men, the differences are superficial. Yes, women have a slightly higher g tolerance due to heart location and (according to my
aviation medicine notes) a slightly higher average blood pressure, but at 7.5 g this really doesn't give them that much extra advantage. Of course,
the irony here is that your fat, unfit smoker has a higher g tolerance as well, so are we going to discriminate pilots based on this? I don't think
so. And as mentioned earlier with the prevalence of BVR combat, and the spreading of HMS and HOBS missiles, there won't be as many turning fights
The main issue most women have to deal with is attitude. Breaking into the "boys" club is historically difficult to do. From my point of view, if a
woman can do the same job, to the same standard, as a man, then there should be no issue with them strapping into a jet. Conversely, a man who isn't
up to the job is dangerous to himself and his comrades, and shouldn't be graduated above a suitably qualified woman. In a nutshell, I see absolutely
no reason to discriminate due to gender, or any other similar reason. If you gave the majority of level headed pilots the option between being able to
hang nudie pictures on their lockers, or having a qualified, competent wingman (ummm, winglady? Hmmmm....), most I think would pick the latter.