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NAVY V. USAF

Last post 11-26-2007, 11:25 PM by raimius. 5 replies.
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  •  12-21-2006, 9:44 PM 3854

    NAVY V. USAF

    What pilots are the best of the best, and who can do more with thier planes? who gets more flight time. Who is the best pilot to be?!?
  •  01-20-2007, 7:01 PM 3960 in reply to 3854

    Re: NAVY V. USAF

    It all depends on your definition of "best".

    Navy pilots have to land on and routinely operate from an aircraft carrier.  Tough stuff.  But some USAF pilots have to operate 8 engine aircraft (B-52) and other "heavy iron", or operate routinely above 50,000 ft (U-2 and some others) wearing a full pressure suit.  USAF also operates stealth aircraft which have their own set of challenges.  On the other hand Army pilots routinely do nap-of-the-earth flying, routinely make dust and pinnacle landings, and operate in some very very austere locations.  Marine pilots do a mix of Navy flying and Army flying. 

    Astronauts are about evenly divided between Naval Aviators (which includes Marines) and USAF aviators.  Only a very few Army aviators have become astronauts.  But is being an astronaut "flying" in any traditional sense?

    So it all depends on your definition.

    But being a Navy pilot myself, if I had to vote, you know what my vote would be.  ;-)

     

  •  07-10-2007, 10:00 PM 4521 in reply to 3960

    Re: NAVY V. USAF

    So does one have a better chance of obtaining a combat (fighter) role in the Navy, seeing how the Air Force is largely composed of bomber/reconnaiscence (sp?) squadrons?
  •  07-11-2007, 12:45 AM 4523 in reply to 3854

    Re: NAVY V. USAF

    The best among the best!

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  •  11-26-2007, 1:13 PM 4892 in reply to 4523

    Re: NAVY V. USAF

    the navy just got a new recruit.
  •  11-26-2007, 11:25 PM 4898 in reply to 4521

    Re: NAVY V. USAF

    Which branch has more combat aircraft?  I'd put my money squarely on the USAF for sheer numbers.  If you want to talk percentages, it would problably go to the Navy.
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