>>28536972 Irrelevant, since pilots still exist and they still have qualities.
>>28536926 Good vision, fast reflexes, very high physical fitness to tolerate high-g maneuvers, very high spatial awareness, high intelligence to rapidly assess combat situations, dedication to the training and practice of their craft.
>>28537013 High spatial and situational awareness are key for any pilot.
>mfw someone you knew while training couldn't figure out where they were despite obvious large landmarks telling them >they were kicked out after not noticing a city and busted through layers of controlled air space without realising it
1. Gotta be able to learn really quickly and be a good student - flight school has you reading manuals and shit non-stop between flying.
2. Gotta be good with mental math - you burn 70lb of fuel per minute at optimum cruise of 370kts? Fuel meter says you have 4540lb left and you have 230NM to the nearest airbase; can you make it or do you need to get to detour to a tanker which is closer?
3. You need to have normal or better eyesight, be able to speak clearly (ideally no lisps, etc), have a good attitude towards being fit (don't need to be buff, just need to keep fit and not be prone to getting sick).
4. Gotta be confident and aggressive, but not be a douchebag; gotta be the kind of guy who owns up to his mistakes immediately, etc. Like the ideal hero football captain. They want someone who has fears (fear of death, fear of things touching their plane, etc), but who are ballsy enough to confront those fears.
5. Especially with modern warfare, gotta be good with technology, have somewhat of a scientific mind (not scientist, but know things like the electromagnetic spectrum).
6. Also with modern warfare, gotta be able to think in the bigger picture. If you and an enemy close in with one another (somehow you've both run out of missiles and got this close), you have to not have tunnel vision, because (literally) 80% of the time it'll be someone else you weren't focusing on that kills you.
>>28540397 I didn't even bother - I have calculators and shit for this stuff.
But because I should try not using one for once:
4540 roughly = 70 * 65 (it's between 42 and 49) That means we have 65 minutes of fuel (normally you shouldn't be landing with a completely empty tank, but if a certain amount was desired, we'd take that from the 4540lb in the first part).
370kts is 370NM/hr; we have about an hour of fuel, so we can travel about that. Airbase is only 230NM away, so we're plenty safe, although 250 * 1.5 = 375; ~45/1.5 = 30, we'll really need to be headed back home before our tanks hit about 3000lb, assuming we're about this same distance away at the time.
That there took me about a minute, or would have taken me perhaps 20 seconds if I wasn't typing it out. That's (probably) way too slow, although if you were learning to fly a certain jet, you'd be spending your free time learning things like the major increments of fuel burn, etc (at optimum cruise, etc, how much fuel do you need to travel 100NM, 200NM, etc - you'd need to memorise these things for different altitudes as well, and also under single engine emergency conditions, etc).
Personally I think I have the mental capacity - I'm definitely well coordinated enough to fly an aircraft, but I don't have the right kind of persona - if I did I probably wouldn't be on /k/.
It's real easy for a man to get a huge ego when he's sitting in a Death Machine that can travel at Mach 2 and is able to drop thousand pound bombs from an altitude that normal mortals have no chance of firing back at you from.
So, they remind you of your humility by giving you a silly nickname. It's all in your best interest, a man who starts thinking he's invincible is often going to be the man who dies first.
>>28537380 >>28541411 >PIO >Stalls and secondary stalls >Spins >Downburst-related CFIT All of these are the sort of incident you could get yourself into if you simply react without thinking about what's causing the aircraft to behave the way it is. Airplanes do counterintuitive shit sometimes, and the brief moment it takes you to pause and run through the OODA loop is generally far less critical than ensuring that you make a correct input over one that might make things worse.
>>28552319 I don't think you understand anon. The F-35 is supposed to replace the Harrier. There is zero reason why the USMC should be buying F-35Bs to replace their again F-18s when those planes will never utilize their STOVL capability. They operate off of carriers in CATOBAR just like the Navy jets do. Truth be told the marines should just stop operating jets off of the navy super carriers.
>>28552452 Nobody said that having a short reaction time means acting without thinking (ie muscle jerking); we mean being able to go through the OODA loop intelligently and decisively. Not freaking out or getting caught on fleeting thoughts, etc.
7. Constant self-assessment of your performance, with an unquenchable desire to improve. You need to have confidence in yourself to operate the aircraft, but not so much overconfidence that you think you're perfect.
8. Respect for safety and security, and for the enemy's myriad ways of killing you. Always have a plan B, always be ready for a vital system to fail at the worst possible moment. "The best pilots rely on their excellent judgment rather than their excellent flying skills."
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