Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by expatdoc » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:26 am

Keith Quixley wrote:
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I vote the question be rephrased as "Who's the best pilot you ever saw?"
'Who's the best pilot you ever saw?"
Must be Gordo Cooper, "The Right Stuff."
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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by expatdoc » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:30 am

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Neil Williams (11-time British aerobatic champion and winner of multiple awards) deserves a mention, even if it’s just for this one event:

While practicing for an aerobatic display, he “had a spar failure in one wing that left the aircraft in an uncontrollable bank. He inverted it and the wing moved back to its normal position allowing 'normal' inverted flight. He then flew an inverted circuit and approach, and then rolled upright at the last moment before landing.”
In the same class as Zivi Nedivi?
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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by Chimsoro » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:32 am

ANY pilot who has the right attitude. Not Macho but safety first
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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by Trevorn » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:13 am

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moosp wrote:
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...I have always been impressed by the German test pilot Melitta Schiller, Gräfin (Countess) von Stauffenberg who flew as a test pilot on many aircraft but particularly the Stuka. She is worth googling if you are not familiar with her work. Ten hours of dive bombing profiles a day then writing up the results, shows dedication, and she was not even a Nazi. Most pilots could not fly more than three Stuka profiles without sickness...
Stukas = Hans-Ulrich Rudel.
Whos concept was the precision dive bomber (Stuka)?
And who did the initial development?
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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by Whirly » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:19 am

HJK 414 wrote:
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Keith Quixley wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:35 pm
I vote the question be rephrased as "Who's the best pilot you ever saw?"
That would take the bias away …...

BOB HOOVER …….

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Same for me. I was privileged to see him fly his displays quite a few times and I even met and had a drink with him. I don't know how many of you saw his display in the Jet Commander (not the usual Shrike 500 he normally flew)? Chuck Yeager call him the best stick and rudder man he ever met. :D

Someone that is also a flying legend in my eyes is Clay Lacy.

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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by jimdavis » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:23 am

expatdoc wrote:
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jimdavis wrote:
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It's a tough call between Eric Brown and Bob Hoover.

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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by G-FASH » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:44 pm

Whirly wrote:
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Chuck Yeager call him the best stick and rudder man he ever met.
Mr Yeager must have been a man generous with his praise. Anyone know who he called "The best fighter pilot I ever saw?"

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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by expatdoc » Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:40 pm

G-FASH wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:44 pm
Whirly wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:19 am
Chuck Yeager call him the best stick and rudder man he ever met.
Mr Yeager must have been a man generous with his praise. Anyone know who he called "The best fighter pilot I ever saw?"

Clue.....WW2 P51 pilot with perhaps the finest P51 paint scheme ever....
Easy...Bud Anderson.
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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by Jean Crous » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:35 pm

Not trying to be a smart-ass, but my take on the most capable pilot is: The pilot who never flies with ego or anger, applying his mind to use his knowledge and experience to get each job done right, on time, with no cock-ups. And at the end of his career will have all these memories, and have the privilege to die quietly of old age . So as has been said , it can be a normal Joe Soap.
If one is to mention "Pilots of note" , then there are many to choose from, each era of aviation had it`s "Best of the Best". One has to consider what they were flying at the time, and at what technological level those machines were for their time.
My vote would also go for Bob Hoover 8)
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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by Chalkie » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:43 pm

Off subject, I know, but another good test pilot came to mind.

Who was the first person to break the speed of sound? He dit it 2 weeks before Yeager and again on the day, 20 minutes before Yeager.

Today history has been corrected. Yeager was the first to break the speed of sound in level flight.
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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by Chris71 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:02 pm

George Welch.
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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by SlowApproach » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:47 pm

To me, the most capable pilot(s) are/were the ones who could fly back wrecks like these, that, by all rights, had no business flying, let alone reaching home:

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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by nigelp » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:56 pm

The Wright brothers !Both of them . Without peer at that time. If we are talking powered flight that is...
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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by Rooster » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:32 am

No-one's mentioned Sammy Mason!
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Re: Who was the most capable pilot ever...?

Unread post by HJK 414 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:02 am

Chalkie wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:43 pm
Off subject, I know, but another good test pilot came to mind.

Who was the first person to break the speed of sound? He dit it 2 weeks before Yeager and again on the day, 20 minutes before Yeager.

Today history has been corrected. Yeager was the first to break the speed of sound in level flight.

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