Category: Pilot

When one of the greatest combat pilots of all time the “Red Baron” was shot down and killed in combat, his enemies buried him with full military honors and a wreath that said: “To Our Gallant and Worthy Foe”.

In 1970, a fighter pilot was forced to eject during a training mission. His plane, however, continued flying for miles, finally touching down gently in a farmer’s field, suffering only minor damage. It earned the nickname “The Cornfield Bomber.”

Chuck Yeager, the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight (in 1947), is still alive today and is 95 years old.

Due to a pilot shortage, Chinese airlines are paying airline pilots $300k a year, tax free.

After a British Airways 747 had all 4 engines disabled, the pilot announced it by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress.”.

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A Russian pilot went against regulations and allowed his 16-year-old son to sit at the controls of the plane. His son accidentally disabled the autopilot, the plane then crashed and killed all 75 people on board.

English is “the universal language of the skies”. All pilots must learn and use English, regardless of their country of origin.

During WWII, a Japanese kamikaze pilot hit the USS Missouri, and his body landed on deck. Though an unpopular decision, the captain demanded a proper burial for the Japanese soldier. He explained to his crew that after death he was no longer their enemy, and the crew hand-stitched a Japanese flag.

Teddy Roosevelt’s son fought in WWI as a pilot. He was killed in a dogfight and his plane crashed behind enemy lines. The Germans gave him a full military burial with honors. Reportedly, they admired that a president’s son chose to fight.

Russian fighter pilot Alexey Maresyev’s plane was shot down by the Germans in 1942 and he crash landed in enemy territory. Both his legs were severely mangled, but he managed to get himself to friendly turf after crawling for 18 days in snow. His legs had to be amputated below the knee. He got himself on crutches and prosthetics and within a year danced in front of a judge to prove he was battle ready. He then went on to fly 86 combat missions and took out 11 enemy warplanes.