5 Big Differences Between Navy and Air Force Fighter Pilots



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Both Air Force and Navy flight schools take just less than two years to go from indoc to winging. Air Force training starts with introductory flight training, which consists of 25 hours of hands-on flying for ROTC or Officer Training School graduates who don’t already have a civilian pilot’s license. The first phase also includes 25 hours of classroom instruction in flight techniques. This initial training takes place at one of three places: Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, or Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

After that students go into specialized undergraduate pilot training, a year-long program of 10- to 12-hour days that include classroom instruction, simulator training and flying. Next, student go into one of four advanced training tracks based on class standing (fighter slots go to the top performers) and learn how to fly a specific type of aircraft like the T-1 or T-38.

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both Air Force and Navy flight schools took just less than two years to go from in doctor winging Air Force training starts with introductory flight training which consists of 25 hours of hands-on flying for ROTC or Officer Training School graduates who don't already have a civilian pilot's license the first phase also includes 25 hours of classroom instruction and flight techniques this initial training takes place at one of three places Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas or Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma after the students go into specialized undergraduate pilot training a year-long program of 10 to 12 hour days that include classroom instruction simulator training and flying next student go into one of four Advanced Training tracks based on class standing fighter slots go to the top performers and learn how to fly a specific type of aircraft like the t1 or t-38 Navy flight training starts at training enter winning five at na s Widing field florida our training error wing for an na s Corpus Christi Texas where student naval aviators learned to fly either the Beechcraft e6b Texan – Jules Phe s or the t-34 see turbo mentor this primary flight training teaches the basics of flying in approximately six months upon successful completion of primary student naval aviators are selected for one of four advanced flight training paths v6b mercury multi engine propeller maritime patrol aircraft helicopters or tailhook aircraft selection is based on the needs of the service USM USM can DT see the students performance and lastly the students preference SN is selected for tailored aircraft report – na s Kingsville Texas or na s meridian mississippi to start the advanced strike pipeline which takes about 23 weeks the biggest difference between the USAF and u.s. n training pipelines what many would say is the biggest difference between the services period is the fact that Navy pilots have to learn how to land on an aircraft carrier this is very demanding and time-consuming and many other wise talented snobs find they fall short when it comes to this requirement after pinning on either silver or gold wings newly minted fighter pilots report to a variety of operational bases to learn how to fly the airplane they will operate in defense of the nation both services try to strike a balance between operational educational and staff tours much of how a career goes is out to world events ask those who join just before 9:00 to 11:00 and individual aspirations but in general pilots get to flying tours five or six years worth by the 10-year mark of a career and more after that if they are chosen to command squadrons or air wings it must also be noted that starting a few years ago the Air Force has made more drone pilots than fighter pilots annually something knows with long-term career aspirations should keep in mind currently Air Force fighter pilots are generally more specialized and focused on the air-to-air role that focus involves a lot of rain on training and intercept work as well as some dogfighting in the event of a conflict against an adversary that poses a valid air threat USAF assets would assume the offensive role Manning combat air patrol stations or conducting fighter sweeps through a potentially hostile airspace Navy fighter pilots fly multi-mission aircraft so therefore they wind up flying a lot of missions beyond air-to-air while still striving to stay proficient in the dogfighting arena a Navy fighter pilot missions often begin and end aboard an aircraft carrier which involves a level of training and focused foreign to Air Force pilots Air Force pilots seldom stress over the stick and rudder skills it takes to land their jets both the Air Force and Navy have air stations dotted along the coasts of the United States Air Force bases are generally nicer in terms of facilities including golf courses the Air Force also has bases around the world some in garden spot's like the groom Afghanistan and Incirlik Turkey once again the big difference between the two services his Navy fighter pilots spend a lot of time aboard aircraft carriers at sea Navy fighter pilots currently fly either the one or two seed version of the Super Hornet Air Force fighter pilots are assigned to fly either the f-15 sea eagle or the f-22 Raptor in the future both services will have the f-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Blue Angels fly f-18s and the Thunderbirds fly f-16s if you're still on the fence take a service that is the flight demonstration team you like better

30 thoughts on “5 Big Differences Between Navy and Air Force Fighter Pilots”

  1. I was in the Infantry. Don't listen to what ANY of these other guys are telling you. The best pilot was the one who was circling overhead when I needed him, and who put the ordinance on target. I didn't care where he took off from, or where he landed. If you didn't hit the target, or if you hit one of us, then you SUCKED. PERIOD.

  2. Edgeman,
    I had signed off you. Still I thought you were a Navy pilot with personal experience landing on angled decks. Now I am not sure.
    You said that all carrier landings were crosswind landings, implying that they were comparable to the crosswind landings that USAF pilot have to face.
    Just recently I found that the angle between those angled decks and the main decks, ranges from 6 to 9 degrees. That means that, for the worst deck (9 deg) in the imaginary case of a 100 knots headwind over the bow along the axis of the main deck, the crosswind component from the right side of the landing aircraft will be a mere 14 knots. That will be a breeze for a land pilot. If you use a bit of junior trigonometry, you will see that for a 6deg angled deck, with the usual 30 knots headwind, the crosswind component will be negligible.
    It may be more appropriate to rewrite your statement as: "All carrier landings are crossbreeze landings". Of course, that does not make the sailors landings an easy task by any meas.

  3. For Christ sake as I am watching this video, half of it is Marine Corps Air and baby hornets. While that is awesome and Marine Corps certainly rocks, The fricking title is "Differences between Navy and Air Force Pilots". This must be Russian propaganda if the producers cant discern the difference between Marine Corps Baby Hornets (FA-18A, B, C, D) and US Navy Super Hornets (FA-18E, F, and EA-18G). Very lame.

  4. Or if your still on the fence, pick the service where you actually fly everyday and accumulate as many flight hours in a 6 month cruise on a carrier as you do in a 3 year tour in a land based AF squadron.

  5. So if this is a comparison between Navy and AF pilots,,,WTF is the video spend 30 seconds showing Marine Corps Air loading bombs on an F-18. I swear some of these videos are totally clueless and just produced for clicks regardless of actual reality.

  6. Dear YouTube, please ban all computer narrated videos. Looked good at first but lost interest after about 30 seconds because of the voice. That = a thumbs down. Sorry.

  7. Biggest difference: Navy Regulations state what pilots are NOT allowed to do. ALL else is fair game. Air Force regulations state what pilots ARE allowed to do. ALL else is prohibited. MUCH more latitude in the Navy!! Much less micro-management by seniors.

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