rolfen
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Fighter Pilots With Correctable Vision Defects?

Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:01 pm

Is there a country where people with minor and correctible vision defects - such as myopia - can be accepted as fighter pilots?
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RE: Fighter Pilots With Correctable Vision Defects?

Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:54 am

I can't imagine that's possible via the "official" way. But I guess there are enough corrupt countries where a little money from daddy can pay the bill ...

In "normal" countries there should be enough applicants for fighter pilot training, so that authorities don't need to fall back on half-blinded people like me (-6.0 on both eyes) ...  hypnotized 
 
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RE: Fighter Pilots With Correctable Vision Defects?

Sat Jul 15, 2006 5:56 am

The USN now allows corrective surgery even for aviation candidates. USNA middies get it done every week at Bethesda, and it's paid for by the U.S. Government.
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RE: Fighter Pilots With Correctable Vision Defects

Sat Jul 15, 2006 7:57 am

Quoting RAPCON (Reply 2):
The USN now allows corrective surgery even for aviation candidates.

30 years too late for some of us....

[Edited 2006-07-15 00:58:16]
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RE: Fighter Pilots With Correctable Vision Defects?

Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:30 am

Quoting RAPCON (Reply 2):
The USN now allows corrective surgery even for aviation candidates. USNA middies get it done every week at Bethesda, and it's paid for by the U.S. Government.

I believe all U.S. services now accept corrected vision for aviators.

Interestingly enough, NASA still doesn't allow any sort of corrective procedure for spaceflight. I wonder if that will change in time?
 
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RE: Fighter Pilots With Correctable Vision Defects?

Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:30 am

Quoting Lumberton (Reply 3):
30 years too late for some of us....

I know the feeling. I had to go SWO (no NFO for me thank you very much).
Radial Keratotomy was not accepted back then.


Check out this USNA site. Article #1, from the NY Times (6/20/2006) talks about the procedure, and the change in USN policy towards LASIK and aviation status.
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RE: Fighter Pilots With Correctable Vision Defects?

Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:52 am

Quoting RAPCON (Reply 5):
Check out this USNA site. Article #1, from the NY Times (6/20/2006) talks about the procedure, and the change in USN policy towards LASIK and aviation status.

Got a link?
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RE: Fighter Pilots With Correctable Vision Defects?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 4:14 am

Quoting Lumberton (Reply 6):
Got a link?

OOPS! My bad dude!! Here's the article (read the first article):

https://usna.com/News_Pubs/News/ViewNewsDate.asp?Date=6/20/2006#1
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RE: Fighter Pilots With Correctable Vision Defects?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 6:19 am

Quoting RAPCON (Reply 7):

Thanks for the link. Talk about unintended consequences!
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