Are you interested in becoming a fighter jet pilot? Different countries, different rules. This infographic is based on the US Air Force and US Navy. The main path for young aviation enthusiasts is through the US Air Forces Academy and the US Naval Academy. Military pilots belong to the most respected elite groups within the U. S. Armed Forces
Current US fighter jets (and such in service soon are): General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-18 Hornet, McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-15 Eagle, A-10 Thunderbolt and of course the 5th generation Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and its smaller brother, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. All of them are nice aircraft, but the numbers of fighter pilots needed are shrinking along with the shrinking number of fighter planes. The newly developed stealth fighters, the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II are so expensive developments that the numbers has been repeatedly cut, which leds to an even higher cost per piece. For the F-22 the figures reached USD 400m per fighter aircraft ordered now, that's more than a Airbus A380 super jumbo.
For those who do not end in a fighter jet cockpit: There are of course further options – unfortunately not as cool as the fighter pilots shown in "Top Gun": For example UAV or helicopter pilot. And there is also an option to experience "Top Gun for a Day": MiGFlug subsidiary FlyFighterJet.com offers flights in real fighter jets for civilians.
Philipp Schaer is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at MiGFlug & Adventure GmbH. MiGFlug and its US subsidiary brand FlyFighterJet.com are specialized in fighter jet rides for civilians. Apart from "tourist" fighter jet flights, MiGFlug and its subsidiaries also offer suborbital space flights, weightlessness flights and historic flying and Warbird rides in P-51 Mustang and other classic Warbirds.
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