Would You Be a Fighter or Bomber Pilot?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Would You Be a Fighter or Bomber Pilot?
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About This Quiz

Both fighter pilots and bomber pilots are highly skilled technicians. With lofty ambitions like yours, you must know what type of pilot you're cut out to be before you seek out military training. You know you belong in a cockpit, but which one is right for you? Are you better suited for one-on-one aerial combat or stealth attacks in the middle of the night?

As you fly through our questions, we'll go a little further than the military assessments you need to take. We'll go beyond the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), and we'll pass up the Physical Readiness Test to see what sort of pilot position best matches your skills, hopes and aptitudes for the job. You may have imagined yourself as either type of flyer, but once you've mastered either one of these forms of flight, the kind of bird you should pilot will be clear. 

When you choose your response, pretend like your commanding officer is standing over your shoulder. Hold yourself to the highest of standards, and demand excellence from yourself. When you've finished, we'll tally up your answers, and we'll give you the results. Will you fly in the capacity you've always wanted to fly, or will you need to rethink your plans? Let's go up and away and find out!

Wings Which famous pilot most inspires you to earn your wings?
Amelia Earhart
John Travolta
Harrison Ford
George H.W. Bush

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Mechanic Would you give yourself higher marks for mechanical skills or computer skills?
I can hold my own in both areas.
I'm better with my tools.
I'm a technical whiz!
I'm better with numbers.

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Commerical Pilot Which one of your traits would make you a good commercial pilot?
I'm friendly.
I like having a steady routine.
I'm a good communicator.
I take my work very seriously.

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Juggle Do you have good eye-hand coordination?
I think so, but I'm not sure about the military's standards.
I have a lot of experience playing simulator games.
It's as good as anyone else's.
It's one of my specialties.

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Boot In your opinion, what part of boot camp is the hardest?
It's tough to be away from home.
The mental aspect is rough!
They basically try to kill you with exercise.
I don't think it's all that tough.

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Emergency Do you have a level head in sticky situations?
When life gets rough, I always take charge.
I've been known to be a little bit of a hothead.
Getting flustered doesn't help anything.
I panic at first; then, I handle it.

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Map If we gave you a set of GPS coordinates, could you locate the place on a map?
No problem!
Can I use my phone to help me out?
I never learned to use them.
I'll give it my best shot.

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Salute What branch of the military is most interesting to you?
Army
Navy
Marines
Air Force

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Skydive Would you be afraid to go skydiving?
Unless it's an emergency, I wouldn't jump out of a plane.
No way! I've done it, and it's a blast.
I would love to try it.
Diving into a pool is more my style.

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Road What's your driving like when you're on a stretch of wide-open road?
That's when I drive as fast as I can and see what my ride can really do.
It's the same as usual.
I obey the speed limit, but I crank up the music.
I tend to drive a little faster, but I'm still cautious.

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Take Off When you fly the friendly skies, do you like takeoffs or landings more?
I love the feeling of takeoffs!
I don't really have a preference.
I like landing because it means I've made it.
I'm fine in the air, but neither one of those is my favorite part of the flight.

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Tower of Terror Do you think you could handle the 6.3 g-forces that riders experience on the Tower of Terror?
Of course
That's a little too much.
I can handle more than that.
I'm not sure, but I would love to visit South Africa and try it.

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Test What part of the military's ASVAB would be easiest for you to pass?
General Science
Auto and Shop Information
Electronics Information
Arithmetic Reasoning

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General Are you better at taking orders or giving them?
I'm a natural-born leader.
I'm better at minding my own business and doing my own thing.
I have no problem taking orders from the right person.
As a member of the military, it's my job to take orders.

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Top Gun Think about "Top Gun." Which of these fighter pilot nicknames is more fitting for you?
Goose
Viper
Maverick
Iceman

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Eye Test How good is your vision? Does it meet the standards for an Air Force pilot?
I wear glasses, so it's 20/20.
I might have an issue with that.
It's 20/30 without glasses.
I have asthma, so my vision doesn't matter.

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Graduate Bomber pilots are required to have a bachelor's degree. Do you have one?
I'm working on it!
I do!
I have an advanced degree.
Once I'm in the military, I'll go back to school, too.

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Height Are you at least 64 inches tall like pilot requirements recommend?
I'm about a foot taller than that.
I'm exactly 5 feet, 4 inches tall.
I'm slightly taller.
Nope. I'm shorter.

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Sick Do you ever suffer from motion sickness?
I've been car sick a few times.
I don't have that problem.
Some roller coasters make me queasy.
It happened on a boat once.

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Navy Which of the Navy's motto speaks to you the most?
"A global force for good"
"Not for self, but country"
"Honor, Courage, Commitment"
"Always courageous"

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Target Would you say you're a good shot, or do you need more time on the range?
I am an excellent shot.
You can always use more practice.
Weapons are not my strong suit.
I'm better with a rifle than with a pistol.

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Astronaut Can you see yourself becoming a member of the new Space Force?
It's far too much training.
It has never crossed my mind.
That's the dream!
I'll stick to Earth.

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Parachute If you had to eject from your plane, what would you do while you waited for rescue?
Build a signal fire
Take cover and avoid being spotted
It depends on where I landed.
Stay quiet and hydrated

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Gum How do you deal with your ears popping when you fly?
I chew gum.
It doesn't bother me.
Yawning always helps.
That's why they give you peanuts.

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Uniform If you gave yourself a military rank, what would it be?
Sergeant Major
Captain
Admiral
Master Sergeant

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Honor Do you hold yourself to a strict code of honor?
I focus on integrity, and honor takes care of itself.
I do my best to live an honorable life.
I'm as honorable as the next pilot.
I live by a code of truthfulness and loyalty.

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Cockpit When we say Captain Sully's name, what comes to mind?
What a landing on the Hudson!
He's a true hero.
I hope someday I'll be the type of pilot he was.
I'm not sure I know who he is.

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Prop Would you rather pilot a prop plane or a cargo plane?
Prop planes that land on water are rad!
I would rather fly an F-14.
I would be happy with either one.
Once I learn one of them, I can fly both.

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Air Show How many times have you been to an air show?
I go every summer.
I went once when I was a kid.
I would love to see one.
I live near the airport. Every day is an air show.

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Air Traffic Could you handle the pressure of being an air traffic controller?
Being a fighter pilot is less stressful!
I would love a chance to try.
I wouldn't want to do it for a lifetime.
I think I could handle it.

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