If You Get 23/30 on This Aviation Quiz, You Could Fake it as a Pilot
By: John Miller
Image: Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
About This Quiz
In “Top Gun,” our handsome pair of U.S Air Force pilots utter a timeless Hollywood line: “I feel the need … the need for speed!” And then Maverick and Goose turn on the afterburners and blaze into the heavens, hunting for glory (and Communists). Real-world fighter pilots must endure incredible mental and physical training before they get the privilege of sliding behind the control stick of a multimillion-dollar jet. In this high-speed quiz, do you think you have what it takes to become a U.S. fighter pilot?
Unlike the goons in “Top Gun,” Air Force pilots are some of the most intelligent men and women in the entire American military. Not only do they have an instinctive grasp of physics, they also have the exceptional hand-eye coordination that helps them hunt enemy bombers and fighters in all sorts of weather conditions around the globe. Do you really you have what it takes to survive in the cockpit of an F-22A or F-35A? How about the iconic F-15 Eagle?
Do you know a barrel roll from a low yo-yo? And do you tend to lead your targets properly, or do you overshoot them and then wind up in a suicidal position? Leap in into the cockpit of this fighter pilot quiz now!
What sort of pilots become fighter pilots?
anyone willing to risk their lives
only suicidal fools
the best of the best
Fighter pilots are the best of the best pilots on Earth. They have keen minds and ultra-fast reflexes, along with superior reasoning skills that make them extraordinary pilots.
the forces a pilot endures during high-speed maneuvering
G-forces are gravitational forces, and because modern aircraft have the power and agility to turn quickly, pilots are subjected to insanely dangerous g-forces. Their bodies can only take so much abuse before they malfunction.
The Immelmann turn helps fighter pilots gain altitude at the expense of ______.
The Immelmann turn is also called a roll-off-the-top, and it was popularized during WWI. In this maneuver, pilots rapidly climb and then turn fast, diving in the other direction … but it costs significant speed.
In the frantic, high-speed engagements of modern air combat, awareness is a pilot's best defense. All the high-tech gadgets in the world can't save a pilot who doesn't see an enemy swooping in from behind.
"Lose sight, lose fight" is a maxim of which aspect of this career?
If you engage in a dogfight with an enemy fighter, keep him in your field of vision. "Lose sight, lose fight" is a reminder that if you lose visual contact with the enemy, you may already be in his sights ... and your spouse may soon be collecting benefits.
What happens when you "overshoot" an enemy aircraft?
You wind up in front of it.
Pilots must be aware of their angle of attack, lest they overshoot the enemy plane they're pursuing. If you overshoot, you accidentally wind up right in front of the plane you're chasing … and the results may be disastrous.
In a sandwich, an enemy fighter drops onto the tail of one of a pair of fighters flying side by side. The besieged fighters turn 90 degrees simultaneously … allowing one fighter to drop in right behind the pursuer.
When fighter pilots come under attack, they are called what?
In a dogfight, pilots do everything they can to gain positional advantage over their enemies. But when they are the ones under attack, they're called defenders, and they must perform evasive maneuvers, or wind up as fireballs.
Fighter pilots typically use the split-s for what purpose?
pulling hard on the throttle
disengaging from combat
The split-s is generally used when pilots are removing themselves from combat. In a split-s, they perform a half roll, followed by a descending half-loop, which quickly turns the plane around into the other direction.
AGSM is the Anti-G Straining Maneuver. Fighter pilots may lose consciousness due to high g-forces (G-LOC), but by using the AGSM (or Hook maneuver), they can purposely control their breathing and blood flow to prevent G-LOC.