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I JG3 Troz
09-12-2004, 11:17 AM
what was the lowest rank you could be to be a fighter pilot? I am particularly wondering about japanese navy pilots, but i would like to hear the answer for allied pilots too.
thanks guys.

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I JG3 Troz
09-12-2004, 11:17 AM
what was the lowest rank you could be to be a fighter pilot? I am particularly wondering about japanese navy pilots, but i would like to hear the answer for allied pilots too.
thanks guys.

S!

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elephant_il2
09-12-2004, 11:39 AM
In WWII NCO pilots was a common practice in all Air Forces.Unteroffizier (corporal) for Luftwaffe is the lowest flying rank to my knowledge and sergeants,for sure, for RAF and USAAF.As for the Japanese the majority of pilots were NCO's starting from the rank of Santo(Koku)Heiso=Petty Officer 3rd class (Navy),Corporal (Army)

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Fliger747
09-12-2004, 06:09 PM
Prior to the war, USN did have some 'flying chiefs', but went to all officer pilots thereafter. Perhaps the reason lies in the desire of the 'brown shoe' navy to gain more opeational control over Carrier Task groups and flight operations in general by training and seasoning an officer corps and providing a path for advancement and command within their ranks.

Fleet Air arm was as I understand it part of the RAF, whereas USN pilots were trained as naval officers as well. The Japanese pilots were generally non-comissioned, though advancement was possible. Opeations at and over the sea have historically been more sucessful by Naval groups rather than airforce types.

The big issue revolves around command and control. Aviators have always been unsatisfied to be commanded by those who they did not believe fully understood their environment and capabilities. Having admirals who understood both environments was always a problem. One which the USN solved by trying out candidates in 'makee-learn' status, keeping the ones who could make the grade. Many did not!