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What happens to a fighter pilot if they 'lose' a jet and survive?

Posted by Jack on December 22, 2022
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    The loss of a fighter jet is a life-changing event. It's not just the death of the machine, but also its pilot—and that's where things get complicated. The first thing that happens after you lose your plane is an investigation into what went wrong. You'll be called upon to give testimony about what happened, and then you'll probably be grounded while the investigation takes place. If it turns out your mistake caused someone else to get hurt or killed, your career could be over. But all hope isn't lost if you survived: You'll probably be assigned a new jet so long as no one finds out about any past experiences with losing them!

    It's a question of protocol.

    As a fighter pilot, you have to follow protocol. It's an important part of the job and shows respect for your fellow pilots, especially if they're dead.

    But what happens when you don't follow protocol?

    For example, say there's an accident on base and everyone is running around trying to help people who are injured or dealing with the aftermath of whatever happened--you may not have time for everything that needs doing right away because there are so many things going on at once! In this case it might be okay if someone doesn't follow all the rules exactly as written in their manuals: they can always go back later when things calm down again (like when they've finished helping out).

    First, you have to find out what happened.

    The first thing that happens to a fighter pilot who "loses" a jet and survives is that they're going to be interviewed. The Air Force wants to know what happened, so they can prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. The pilot will also have their records reviewed, which could lead to disciplinary action if there are any issues with their performance or training. It's not uncommon for pilots who lose aircraft on accident investigations because of something like poor maintenance or lackadaisical attitude towards safety protocols (or both).

    The pilot's record is checked.

    If you are a fighter pilot and you have lost your jet, it is likely that your record will be checked to see if you have a history of making mistakes. If the military believes that this was an isolated incident and not due to poor performance or inexperience, then they may allow the pilot back into the cockpit. However, if there is evidence that this was not an isolated incident or if it was due to poor performance or inexperience on behalf of the pilot then they could be grounded indefinitely until further notice.

    The pilot may be grounded pending investigation or review.

    If you are a fighter pilot, you will want to avoid losing your jet at all costs. However, if this does happen and the pilot survives, there are still consequences that they will have to deal with.

    A review board will be convened and their actions will be reviewed. They may be grounded pending investigation or review and reassigned to another jet until their case has been reviewed by senior officials within their branch of service (the US Air Force). If it's determined that there was no wrongdoing on behalf of the pilot, then he or she could return to flying duty after being cleared by medical staff.

    If it's determined that there was negligence involved on behalf of the pilot involved in losing his/her plane then he/she could face removal from service permanently

    The pilot will be assigned to a new jet.

    • The pilot will be assigned to a new jet.
    • The pilot will have to go through training again, which can take up to two years.
    • The pilot will have to meet all the requirements again.
    • And, most importantly, they'll have to get used to their new aircraft!

    The pilot might not fly again for some time.

    If you're a fighter pilot, and you lose your jet in combat or some other kind of accident, there's a good chance that the military will want to keep you around.

    There are two reasons for this: One is that they want to make sure they have enough pilots to fly all their aircraft; the other is because losing a plane can be very expensive--and if the pilot isn't responsible for it happening, then he or she should pay for it out of pocket (or through insurance). If someone dies due to negligence on his part as well as financial cost involved with replacing an entire jet then there may also be legal consequences involved with what happened too.

    It's not an easy thing to lose a jet, but you can't let it get you down.

    It's not an easy thing to lose a jet, but you can't let it get you down. Fighter pilots are trained to be calm under pressure, resilient in the face of adversity and adaptable in the face of change. We're also taught how important it is for us to stay focused on the mission at hand--whether that means flying a plane or making sure our wingman doesn't get shot down by some enemy fire.

    So even if your plane gets shot down during a training exercise or combat situation (or even just while doing touch-and-goes), don't worry too much about it! You'll probably get another chance at flying again soon enough!


    Well, that's about it. We hope you have a better idea of what happens when a fighter pilot loses their jet and survives. It's not an easy thing to deal with, but at least there are protocols in place to help you through it. If anything else comes up, we will keep you updated!


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