What Historical Aviator Would You Choose To Fly With?

If you could fly co-pilot with any historical aviator/aviatrix who would you choose, in what aircraft and why?

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Comment by Dave Kaiser on April 17, 2013 at 12:13pm

Werner Voss.  The ultimate pilot that new how to fly his aicraft Fokker Dr.1 to the ultimate edge. Was able to dogfight with 5 allied aces all at the same time hitting all of them with his guns.  Although he wasn't wise to engage in a fight on a 5v1 but the way he was able to skid turn, roll, and reverse on all of this enemy while keeping SA on the others was extrodinary piloting skills.  Unfortuntaly for him the unwise decision to engage 5 enemy aces at the same time resulted in his loss of life. 

Werner Voss epic dogfight 

Comment by John A Nesbitt on April 11, 2013 at 3:16am
Chuck Yeager, P51D Mustang, no question in my mind. My favorite historical aircraft and one of the greatest Mustang pilots ever.
Comment by Kathy on April 10, 2013 at 6:19pm
This would not be necessarily a known person, but I would have LOVED to have been copilot with the crew on Concorde! I always wanted to travel supersonic, and what an exciting experience it would be to not only be a passenger aboard Concorde (never had that chance, sadly) but to be a copilot. Now THAT would be the cat's meow!
Comment by Joe Beatty on April 10, 2013 at 5:47pm
I would have liked to fly with Joshua Shani when he lead the four C-130's in Operation Thunderbolt to rescue the the hostages at Entebbe in July 1976. Over gross take-offs, low level navigation (35 ft-100 ft at times) over 1000's of miles, precision landings in the dark, etc. has to be one of the truly great aviation events in history. That is not being a pilot, that is being an aviator.
Comment by Lee Robinson on March 27, 2013 at 7:05pm
I agree about Hoover, whom I saw a number of times! But I would pick Jaqueline Cochran, with whom I had the great pleasure to share a phone call! Some 20 years ago, not long before her death, I was looking for info on her Northrup Gamma for a model I wanted to build. I came across a pic of her Gamma, and somehow came up with her phone number. I called, and she answered. I apologized for bothering her, and told my reason for the call. She was very pleasant and we spoke for a while about her Gamma, which she said was one of her favorite planes! But she said she no longer had any of the Gamma pics and records. Lee Robinson West Palm Beach, FL
Comment by Alfred Don McInturff on March 21, 2013 at 12:01pm

With out a doubt It would be Bob Hoover, he is a pilot's pilot, one of the most accomplished among the great pilots of our times.  we are fortunate that we have a multitude of great pilots to aspire to their level of proficiency and skill (both military and civilian), but I believe most would agree he is at the top of the list!  I would agree Mr Besley that the best story teller that has come along is E. K Gann along with early world warI french pilot/writters

Comment by Grant Besley on March 21, 2013 at 7:26am
While I agree with Jim that they don't get any better than Hoover, I would like to have flown with Ernest K. Gann in the DC-6. Gann was one of the most eloquent aviation writers of all time. I met him very briefly in Seattle in the '60's but would loved to spend an afternoon listening to his stories and flying that grand old DC-6.
Comment by Jim Murray on February 27, 2013 at 12:31pm
Bob Hoover in his Shrike, Mr. Hoover is the best in the world no one has done more with an aircraft than he has.


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