How much do fighter pilots know about their aircraft?

Pilots know all about how to fly the aircraft and mechanics know all about how to fix the aircraft. Do the pilots know a great deal about how the aircraft works and how to fix problems involving the engine and other mechanical parts? I know that is the mechanics job but just curious as to how far the pilots knowledge goes and what he is taught.

Asked By: - 4/9/2011
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System theory, good; repair, not so much.
Answered By: Pilsner Man - 4/10/2011
Additional Answers (10)
I been flying Cessna 172 for the last 29 years and all I do is check the fluids, And the Structure of the Aircraft and when the hour get there it's turned into the mechanic to be overhauled, I doubt a fighter pilot would know much about the mechanics of the plane outside of how fast it can go.
Answered By: Larry - 4/9/2011
how much do you really know about the car you drive? Some pilots will know everything about the plane and others only really know where the key goes in (exaggeration of course) When I was a pilots I knew the theory of aviation and engines but I really wasn't interested in the mechanics
Answered By: Dangermanmi6 - 4/9/2011
I think fighter pilots know a lot about how the aircraft operates, and know when something is wrong and probably what is going on. There is a lot of electronics involved these days and the pilots for the most part are pretty technically savvy. The electronics they probably have a good chance of fixing things or knowing... More
Answered By: BaronVonParty - 4/9/2011
When you study to be a pilot you read a book or two about mechanics and structure of an aircraft, so, to an extent
Answered By: that one kid - 4/9/2011
probably more than us
Answered By: stangace20 - 4/9/2011
Rarely. Race car drivers are the same way. Jimmy Johnson is a great driver, but would not be exactly a great wrench man. Planes have so many systems & subsystems; few pilots could fix a Engine.
Answered By: lana_sands - 4/9/2011
Well, my grandfather was an A&E (when they had engines instead of powerplants) and he taught me a lot before I ever went in the USAF. As far as system knowledge, we knew it all -- had to. As an example, you can find copies of several Dash Ones (NATOPS to the squids) on line, check one out for an example of the level... More
Answered By: Warbird Pilot - 4/9/2011
I flew a lot of Navy airplanes from the T-34 to the A-4F. I knew the systems, procedures, theories, which toggle switches to move and when to move them, had some basic idea on what went wrong when something malfunctioned and how to write up the yellow sheet when the hop was done. I could check the fuel in the drop... More
Answered By: MrAUDU - 4/9/2011
It greatly depends on the pilot... More
Answered By: Dennis F - 4/9/2011
Fighter pilots probably know more about their aircraft than any other type of pilot. They know about the individual components, where they are, how they work and what they do, how the components work together as a hydraulic, electrical, fuel, pneumatic, flight control, weapons, communications, etc. system. What can go... More
Answered By: Mark Swofford - 4/10/2011
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