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Is The Air Force A Good Start?

Fri Apr 16, 1999 9:18 am

I am only 15, and was wondering that if joining the Air Force after high school would be a good start toward a carrer in commercial aviaton. My uncle was a pilot for many years, with Pan Am and then TWA (he flew jets for Pan Am and smaller aircraft for TWA), and he started out in the Air Force. I was just wondering, from those of you who might know or have an opinion, is the Air Force a good start toward becoming a commerical pilot (I know it would be cool!)

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RE: Is The Air Force A Good Start?

Fri Apr 16, 1999 9:35 am

It might not be a bad place. A lot of military pilots started there. Just keep in mind that in order to fly you have to be an officer (Read College). You actually have to fit the equiptment in the airplane, Not the other way around and you will be in at least 9 years as a pilot-they want to make it a 10 year requirement. Most of the other branchs pilot programs are set up the same way.

Why don't you check to see if there is a CAP program in your area? They are the airforce auxillary and do a lot of search and rescue work. And you should be able to join today. There isn't any military requirement. Personally If you are bent on joining the military I would suggest the Coast Guard. Their flight personell are also the same people who fix the airplanes so if you get one of the flight ratings you will get a much more mechanical experience and flight time as opposed to the Airforce where everybody is a speciallist.

There are enough people who where in the military who hold management jobs with the airlines that they still like seeing that on a resume but it dosen't seem like it holds as much luster as it did in the past. A lot of the civilian schools today look just as good......

But take a look at the CAP. My brother is in it and enjoys it. It is purely volunteer so there is no requirement for enlistment or joining the military when you turn 18.

RE: Size Restraints

Fri Apr 16, 1999 10:17 am

I'm in the exact same situation as Flyer, except that I can join the Airforce of Canada or the US because I have duel citizenship. I'm wondering about size restraints for different aircraft. I'm about 6'0" and less than 200 LBS so I have never thought that to be a problem, but then again I've never asked! Does anyone know what the restrictions are of an f-16/18 as compared to a herc or a comercial transport?
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RE: Size Restraints

Fri Apr 16, 1999 11:54 am

Fighter seats are harder to get into then transports since the pilot has to be sized for the ejection seat. They are only designed for certain height and body weights of people. This is especially true with older aircraft designed when women were not allowed pilot slots in fighters. The rules may be different with different countries. Transports usually ended up being flown by pilots who couldn't fit the fighter seats.

I don't know if Canada has the same thing but you might want to check to see if there is something simular to the CAP up there.

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