It is rare and most jets have a very specific pilot size in mind. Especially in the age of the 4th and 5th gen fighters. Some to the point pilots too tall or too short can potentially die when ejected.There has been over 2 metre tall jockeys in the NAVY flying F-14s already.
It is rare and most jets have a very specific pilot size in mind. Especially in the age of the 4th and 5th gen fighters. Some to the point pilots too tall or too short can potentially die when ejected.
All things like talent been equal a heavy and too tall pilot is a big liability.
Even in rec aircraft, how many have a extra 60 or 100lbs of spare load and excess performance to use?
Just like motorbikes- fastest and cheapest speed gain is always lose weight.
Are you saying only midgets can fly F-35s ?A lot of it comes down to the design of the seat for ejection and the weight of the pilot.
However as the new fighters have a heavy helmet, this is a considerable factor in the design for pilot size.
It has already been reported with the F35 that it has restrictions on pilot size for this very reason. Apparently a complex issue of weight of helmet, height of pilot in seat and weight of pilot.
If you weigh too little you get rocketed out much faster, higher loads etc. If too heavy you might have problems getting away far enough and the chute will drop you too quickly. And your body loads in lbs are vastly higher if you weigh more due to inertia.
A variety of reasons.
But the big point is a lighter pilot for planes we discuss on the forum is a plus for performance and safety in a crash. Also the loads placed on the craft.
This is even more important in part 103, as the airframe tends to be minimal.
I've mentioned this twice to the admin but it gets no attention.You are correct. One factor is that with the new forum programming, one does not see the topic when reading any but the top post on a page. That makes it easy not to be aware of the thread topic, and simply to continue an off-topic track. Just like this one.
Maybe @Topaz can relocate to the Sasquatch pilots thread lol.Uh, guys? We're way off topic here, could you please start a post elsewhere if you want to discuss pilot heights and weights, military planes, and ejection seats?