Fighter pilots are regarded as one of the most coveted professions in any air force. Out of all the potential candidates, only the best are accepted through the selection process. Individuals with a strong academic record, physical fitness, good health, and a strong mental drive will have a better chance of getting chosen for pilot training. Candidates must also demonstrate good leadership and teamwork skills. As a result, fighter pilots, like pilots of most other aircraft, are commissioned officers in practically all air forces.
To manage the physical demands of modern aerial warfare, fighter pilots must be in peak physical condition. The higher "G's" a pilot encounters in a turn can create stress on the cardiovascular system, therefore excellent heart health is necessary. One "G" equals the force of gravity under normal conditions; two "G"s equals twice the force of gravity under normal conditions. Some fighter jets can reach speeds of up to 9 Gs. Fighter pilots also need strong muscle tissue in their limbs and abdomen to conduct an anti-G straining maneuver (AGSM, see below) during tight spins and other high-speed maneuvers. Visual acuity that is better than average is also a very desirable and important characteristic.
- A sortie is a combat mission for a single aircraft that begins when the aircraft takes off in military aviation. One mission with six aircraft, for example, would result in six sorties. The sortie rate refers to how many sorties a unit can support in a given amount of time.
- The term sortie refers to a sudden issue of troops against the enemy from a defensive position in siege warfare — that is, an attack launched against the besiegers by the defenders. If the sortie is conducted through a sally port, the word to sally can be used for the verb to sortie.
- Raids can be used to harass enemy forces, destroy siege equipment and engineering works, join the relief force, and so on.
- During the Peninsular War (1807–1814), Sir John Thomas Jones examined several sieges.
The events of these sieges show that a bold and vigorous sortie in force could carry destruction through every part of a besieger's approaches, where the guard is injudiciously disposed and ill-commanded; but that if the due precautions have been observed in forming the approaches & posting the defenders, any sortie from the besieged place must be checked with the loss in their advance, when the approaches are inexperienced & poorly commanded; when the approaches are close, if a sortie succeeds in rushing into them, the assailants will undoubtedly be forced out in a flash, resulting in tremendous slaughter.
First Solo Sortie by Indian Air Force Woman Pilot
- The Indian Air Force's (IAF) Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi has made history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly solo in a supersonic fighter jet. She made history when she flew her maiden solo sortie in a Russian-built MiG-21 aircraft.
- She is a member of the Air Force's first female fighter pilot class.
- Flying Officer Chaturvedi still needs to do a few more steps before she is regarded as "totally operational" and ready to deploy. Her battalion is stationed in Rajasthan, close to the India-Pakistan border.
- Flying Officer Chaturvedi accomplished the feat on February 19 when she took off from the Jamnagar Air Base in Gujarat and successfully finished her mission.
- The first step toward becoming a fully operational fighter pilot is to fly a solo sortie in a fighter plane.
- The first sortie in the MiG-21 Bison fighter, which is regarded as a tough platform to handle, lasted roughly 30 minutes.
- In 2016, Flying Officers Chaturvedi, Bhavana Kanth, and Mohana Singh became the IAF's first female cadets to be accepted into the fighter program.
- The Air Force's fighter stream has hitherto been a "men only" realm. MiG-21 squadrons have been assigned to Flying Officers Chaturvedi and Kanth.
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