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Do military pilots fly different planes?

Do military pilots fly different planes?

No. A pilot does not have their own plane, or any specific aircraft. Military aircraft go through continuous maintenance cycles, and are assigned to the flight schedule based on availability. When I was flying for the USN, we had ~12 aircraft onboard the carrier.

Can pilots switch aircraft?

There are two basic reasons a pilot may switch types during their career. Either the plane they started on is being retired or there is a promotion if they switch planes. Yes.

Can fighter pilots customize their planes?

They don’t customize them at all. The crew chief who is primarily responsible for the maintenance of each particular aircraft is the one who does the customizing. In USAF speak, this individual is otherwise known as the Dedicated Crew Chief (DCC). The DCC is the most senior ranking crew chief assigned to that aircraft.

Can a fighter jet pilot become a commercial pilot?

Yes, upon passing a few tests, a former armed forces pilot can easily become a pilot in big commercial airline companies! This is an added advantage!

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Do military pilots get their own planes?

No, they don’t get assigned one as “theirs”. They may have their name on one, but that’s symbolic, as I write about here: Quora User’s answer to Jet fighter planes usually have the pilot’s name printed below the canopy frame.

Do pilots fly with the same crew?

Robert’s Answer Pilots and Flight Attendants are scheduled seperately. Typically the pilots stay together for the length of their trip and sometimes do things together on layovers.

Can Air Force pilots paint their aircraft?

Since the beginning of aviation, pilots have been painting elaborate designs on their planes. And the tradition goes back much farther than that. Air crews today still decorate their aircraft with customized designs—though the images may be a bit more politically correct than the racy pinups of yesteryear.

Why are modern jets grey?

Most of the military aircrafts are painted grey in colour in order to reduce their visual signature in sky and in turn increase the visual stealth of aircraft. Which means they are harder to see from other opponent aircrafts and ground forces.

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Are most commercial pilots ex military?

Originally Answered: Are most commercial airplane pilots former military pilots? No. Although the percentage of veterans is higher than the general population, they are certainly not “most” commercial pilots. In the USA, it is possible to earn a commercial pilot certificate at 21 years of age.