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Average fighter pilot age? #4465098
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So I've got this image in my mind of fighter pilots being young hotshots usually between the ages of 24 and 32. Is my image correct, or am I off base here?

This differs notably with what I see as mainline four-stripe airline captains, especially widebody captains: gray hairs, second marriage, heart trouble happy


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Re: Average fighter pilot age? [Re: L_Sludger] #4465103
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I'll take the gray hairs with heart trouble. Some might call it experienced...Like say...Sully!

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Originally Posted By: gman2304
I'll take the gray hairs with heart trouble. Some might call it experienced...Like say...Sully!

Yeah, and Age 65 helped a lot of them delay retirement when the stock markets went to nothin.. thats assuming that they had anything left in their retirement portfolio after their nth wives got done with them..

Edit for the thread purpose:

This is a subject with info on Google. I know that. I wanted to create a discussion on here because I enjoy interacting with people in the biz. I miss working in aviation.


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Re: Average fighter pilot age? [Re: L_Sludger] #4465147
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I see the Air-Guard pilots in the grocery store sometimes. They look like little kids. Not a day over 25.

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Fighter pilots is a physically demanding job. G forces and quick reactions.


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Re: Average fighter pilot age? [Re: L_Sludger] #4465197
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My daughters boy friend is 1 year into a active duty F-18 Super Hornet pilot. He is 31 years old, graduated university. Great head on his shoulders. I fully trust him with that expensive plane and his skills if he ever had to use it defending this nation and or it's interests. Now trusting him with my daughter......j/k.

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Originally Posted By: tenderloin
My daughters boy friend is 1 year into a active duty F-18 Super Hornet pilot. He is 31 years old, graduated university. Great head on his shoulders. I fully trust him with that expensive plane and his skills if he ever had to use it defending this nation and or it's interests. Now trusting him with my daughter......j/k.
Better than a drummer in a rock and roll band.


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Originally Posted By: CT8
Originally Posted By: tenderloin
My daughters boy friend is 1 year into a active duty F-18 Super Hornet pilot. He is 31 years old, graduated university. Great head on his shoulders. I fully trust him with that expensive plane and his skills if he ever had to use it defending this nation and or it's interests. Now trusting him with my daughter......j/k.
Better than a drummer in a rock and roll band.
Go watch Top Gun again happy



Everything I needed to know about Naval Aviation I learned by watching Top Gun too many times.


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Re: Average fighter pilot age? [Re: Merkava_4] #4465266
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
I see the Air-Guard pilots in the grocery store sometimes. They look like little kids. Not a day over 25.
that is because you are so old.


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Re: Average fighter pilot age? [Re: L_Sludger] #4465392
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my uncle was a fighter pilot as a young man. say his 20's and early 30's. He became a commercial airline pilot flying 737's after that.


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Figure they get out of the Service Academy at age 22. Then 2-3 years of training depending on the type of aircraft. So you could some 24-25 yr olds on carriers or at ground squadrons. Those coming in from other sources could show up years later. Physical peak is probably in the range of 26-28 so a good time to have them for 4-6 years. I don't know how many stay around after that first tour and put in at least 8-12 yrs.


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Re: Average fighter pilot age? [Re: Merkava_4] #4465522
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
I see the Air-Guard pilots in the grocery store sometimes. They look like little kids. Not a day over 25.


The National Guard guys look like a bunch of old guys when you're on active duty.


You get what you pay for...
So keep in mind how much you paid for this advice.
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Originally Posted By: tom slick
Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
I see the Air-Guard pilots in the grocery store sometimes. They look like little kids. Not a day over 25.


The National Guard guys look like a bunch of old guys when you're on active duty.

National Guard is like a second chance for a lot of folks who want to get into the service as adults. I'm thinking of it myself. I've got the edukationul qualifukatiunz to become an offislur grin


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Originally Posted By: L_Sludger
Originally Posted By: tom slick
Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
I see the Air-Guard pilots in the grocery store sometimes. They look like little kids. Not a day over 25.


The National Guard guys look like a bunch of old guys when you're on active duty.

National Guard is like a second chance for a lot of folks who want to get into the service as adults. I'm thinking of it myself. I've got the edukationul qualifukatiunz to become an offislur grin


I was both active then ANG. As a mechanic it was funny to work around active duty and hear them say "how come your Tech Sargents still turn wrenches"

Many of our pilots were also airline pilots.


You get what you pay for...
So keep in mind how much you paid for this advice.
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Originally Posted By: CT8
that is because you are so old.


Very true. I'm more than twice their age.

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