Discussion in 'On Topic' started by in vain, May 10, 2007.
I want to be a fighter pilot, but I'm 6'6''. Am I too tall to follow my dream?
Far too tall. And even so getting a fighter pilot position is no easy thing to do.
i lol'ed at that
wack0 isn't tha only tall one around.
You can fly heavies though. C-130/C-5/C-17/B-52/B-1 all fair game for tall people.
Troof. Makes you wonder how they pass PT. Oh, wait, never mind, I forgot that once you're in a flight suit, the rules no longer apply.
JJSki's Approved Version Of The AF Core Values:
Integrity First, that is, unless you're flight crew, then lie your ass off because no one will call you on it, and even if they do, you won't get in trouble anyways.
Service Before Self, Unless of course, you're aircrew. Then make damn sure that if you're scheduled to fly from 1800-2300 on a Friday night, that you bring the plane back at 1900 Code 1 and screw up the maintenance guys schedule, because hell, there's nothing else to do but marshal your ass in.
Excellence In All You Do, again, unless you're aircrew. Then, show up to your crew briefing either extremely hungover or even possibly still drunk, do a half-assed preflight, get in the air, set autopilot, and sleep. And if you happen to crash and survive, don't worry, because the crew chief will be rotting in jail until the investigation is over, while you recover in the hospital, get released, and go home to your family. And if the investigation goes like they do 99.9% of the time, it will be deemed pilot error, and all you'll get is a slap on the wrist. Because I guess even though everyone that outranks you is Superman, your Nomex suit is kryptonite. And they'll let the crew chief out of jail, say "my bad dawg" and expect everything to be ok.
Get your GPA up a little so you can have a better shot at pilot training.
2.98 for me! nice right....fuck it, i wasn't meant to fly anyway. However, OTS is apparently still an option for me according to my unit commander.
3.88 here lost my 3.9 with this last class.
I believe 6'6" is the ball park limit for fighters, above that you don't have the line of sight in the HUD and in a 16 would lose your legs below the knees if you ejected. Your initial flight screening will actually determine most of that stuff, they measure your seated height, femur length, etc. and make a decision. Anyway, there are bigger hurdles for you than being tall to worry about.
it just sucks because i would be that crew chief rotting in jail if something went bad
5' 8", 140 lbs, KC-10 pilot. Roomy as hell up there...except when the damn FE is all up in my business trying to get to shit on the overhead panel.
Yeah, sorry buddy, you are too tall for fighters. They would measure every limb length at Brooks and you could get a waiver to fly certain airframes. It's still a possibility you could fly, but definitely not an F-16.