What is the US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Programme?

Introduction The United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor programme (SFTI programme), more popularly known as TOPGUN, teaches fighter and strike tactics and techniques to selected naval aviators and naval flight officers, who return to their operating units as surrogate instructors. It began as the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, established on 03 March… Read More

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What is Dissimilar Air Combat Training?

Introduction Dissimilar air combat training (DACT) was introduced as a formal part of US air combat training after disappointing aerial combat exchange rates in the Vietnam War. Refer to Aggressor Squadron and US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Programme (aka TOPGUN). Background Traditionally, pilots would undertake air combat training against similar aircraft. For example, pilots… Read More

What is an Aggressor Squadron?

Introduction An aggressor squadron or adversary squadron (in the US Navy and US Marine Corps) is a squadron that is trained to act as an opposing force in military wargames. Aggressor squadrons use enemy tactics, techniques, and procedures to give a realistic simulation of air combat (as opposed to training against one’s own forces). Since… Read More

India Trial Aircraft Display System that Responds to Eye Movements

Pilots in India are trialling aircraft display systems that respond to eye movements and could let military pilots keep their hands on a plane’s controls more often while flying (Murthy, 2020). Modern aircraft have electronic displays that show the plane’s fuel level, geographical position or imaging system. Pilots can click the screen to the relevant… Read More

What was the Messerschmitt Bf 109?

Introduction The Messerschmitt Bf 109 is a German World War II fighter aircraft that was, along with the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, the backbone of the Luftwaffe’s fighter force. The Bf 109 first saw operational service in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at… Read More

World War II Warbirds

A variety of World War II warbirds played a pivotal part in the allied war effort such as the Lancaster bomber and the P-51 Mustang fighter. Aircraft B-24 Bomber (US): Early models of the long range heavy bomber, known as the Liberator, were primarily used for transporting cargo and persons of special interest. Some of… Read More

US Air Force Pilot Height Requirements: Getting a Waiver

As reported in Air Force Times on 02 December 2019, the US Air Force is re-examining its standard height requirements for becoming a pilot as it seeks to encourage more airmen to pursue aviation careers. The Air Force often grants height, or anthropometric, waivers to allow pilots to fly some aircraft – meaning those aspiring… Read More