I am in 9th grade, and I am interested in many career choices. The one that has me the most intrigued is an Air Force Pilot. My question is, what would a day in the life of a fighter pilot be like?
In school, I am most interested in Math, Science, and Language Arts. Some of my hobbies include, sports, playing guitar, hunting, fishing, and playing video games. A topic that I am passionate about is that of Aviation, and Aeronautical Engineering. I have an idea of what I want to do ( USAF fighter pilot) and I was wondering what it would be like to go through the Air Force Academy route to becoming a pilot. #pilot #aviation #airplane
A day-in-the-life is mostly spent training to deploy for combat. You will be in a squadron with close friends, flying the best jets in the world and challenging yourself mentally and physically to learn the tactics of dog-fighting other aircraft and dropping bombs in support of ground troops. You will study enemy aircraft and surface-to-air threat systems. You will be home most nights and fly about 3 or 4 times a week. You’ll also spend several hours flight planning and briefing before each flight then de-briefing afterwards to identify and correct your mistakes. You will deploy out of the country for several months every few years for combat or large exercises with other nations. Additionally, several times a year you will go to other areas of the U.S. for a week or two to train with different military units.
Overall, it’s a great adventure with lots of variety and excitement that challenges you mentally and physically. You’ll see new places and make great friends. I wish you the best of luck in your pursuit.
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Disclaimer: I am not a pilot, and I have not attended any of the military schools. But, here goes:
So if you are really keen to become a pilot, don't wait. Get your private pilot's license as soon as you can. Flying a private aircraft is not exactly the same as flying a military aircraft, but it is a good place to start.
You will need to explore the path(s) to get into the Air Force (or Navy or Army academy). Competition is very intense, so you will need good grades, And, participation in extra-curricular activities - sports, music, etc. will be viewed favorably. .
Part of the application/acceptance process is to be nominated by one of your state's senators or congressman.
Some private colleges and state universities have aircraft technology programs. Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana) has an excellent program. You should search for other schools that offer the opportunities you are seeking.
Try to connect with someone currently in the military - who is a pilot or not. That person may be able to connect you with someone that would be willing to have that dialogue with you. Check your local newspaper for news items about local students who are at different colleges- maybe there is somebody now attending one of the academies that you can meet or contact via email, etc.
Good luck, Brady!
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