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User avatar #57 - fantomen
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(07/28/2013) [-]
My uncle's family are all military aircraft engineers, so I've met quite a few jet fighter pilots.

I can confidently say that they're all crazy.
They are massive adrenaline junkies just like those guys on all those red bull games.
They are the kind of people that will skim along upside down 10 feet above the ground at a thousands miles an hour, just because it's fun.
Also, all fighter pilots are tiny. Seriously, I'm 6'3" and I towered over every single fighter pilot I met. Then I found out why, if you're over a certain length or have long legs, your legs will be torn off id you have to use the rocket ejection seat. Which BTW compresses your spine about 2 inches permanently.
#82 to #57 - newborn
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(07/28/2013) [-]
i guess that's why Tom Cruise was Top Gun
#73 to #57 - muffinssnuffims
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(07/28/2013) [-]
Well and beyond that, generally speaking the shorter you are the higher g-force tolerance you have. Less long legs for blood to pool in and your brain is closer to your heart.
User avatar #62 to #57 - angelusprimus
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(07/28/2013) [-]
Also, space in the cockpit is pretty limited, taller you are harder it is to fit and move in it and bigger chance of accidentally pressing something important.
But you are right, military pilots make extreme sports adrenaline junkies seem like timid children.
And then there are test pilots.