posted on Dec, 5 2006 @ 03:21 PM
I'm also wanting to be a fighter pilot. just recently i did a powerpoint presentation on the occupation of a fighter pilot and here is some info i
The military operates one of the largest fleets of specialized airplanes in the world. Supersonic fighters and bombers fly combat missions. Large
transports carry troops and equipment. Intelligence gathering airplanes take photographs from high altitudes. Military airplane pilots fly the
thousands of jet and propeller airplanes operated by the services.
Airplane pilots in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
• Check weather reports to learn about flying conditions
• Contact air traffic controllers to obtain take-off and landing instructions
• Develop flight plans showing air routes and schedules
• Fly airplanes by controlling engines, rudders, elevators, and other controls
• Monitor gauges and dials located on cockpit control panels
• Perform combat maneuvers, take photographs, transport equipment, and patrol areas to carry out flight missions
Airplane pilots must pass the most demanding physical test of any job in the military. To be accepted for pilot training, applicants must have 20/20
vision and be in top physical condition. They must have very good eye-hand coordination and have extremely quick reaction times to maneuver at high
A four-year college degree is normally required to enter this occupation. Although the military has many women pilots, specialties involving duty in
combat airplanes are open only to men.
Helpful fields of study include physics and aerospace, electrical, or mechanical engineering. Helpful attributes include:
• Determination to complete a very demanding training program
• Self-confidence and ability to remain calm in stressful situations
• Strong desire to fly airplanes
To serve in the military, a person must be at least 17; the maximum age for enlistment varies. To enlist, a person must pass a physical exam and an
aptitude test. An enlistee must also meet military standards of discipline and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.
Pilot training is a two-year program covering one year each in initial and advanced training. Initial training includes time spent in flight
simulators, classroom training, officer training, and basic flight training. Course content typically includes:
• Aircraft aerodynamics
• Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations
• Foul weather flying
• Jet and propeller engine operation
• Operation of aircraft navigation systems
This is among the most challenging training given by the services. Not everyone who attempts this training can meet the strict requirements for
completion. Advanced training begins when pilots successfully complete initial training and are awarded their "wings." Advanced training consists of
instruction in flying a particular type of aircraft.
To qualify for pilot training, you MUST:
* Have completed at least 90 semester credit hours.
* Complete your Bachelor Degree within five (5) years of your commissioning date.
* Have current distance vision of 20/70 or better, correctable to 20/20. Near vision of 20/20. If you have had eye surgery, it must have been
completed more than a year ago with favorable results. If so, a waiver request may be submitted. Applicants who have had eye surgery within one (1)
year of the date of the board will not be considered for the current year's board.
* Be qualified physically and mentally.
* Meet minimum scores on Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT).
* Have received test results from the Basic Attributes Test (BAT).
* Be not more than 30 years old when you start pilot training and/or have no more than five (5) years commissioned service time. (Please note
that pilot training will begin approximately one and a half years - two years after the date of the board.)
I hope that helps. there is more stuff but i just picked out the important stuff.