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Old 20th February 2006, 13:48
canonne canonne is offline
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About "spare" American fighter pilots

Stutying US archives or reading American books, "spares" pilots are often or always mentioned. Normal.
But who was "spare" ? Where and how long time did the "spare" had to wait ? Did he wait in his plane ? nearby ? Did his started engine like ohers before take off ?

Sorry for these ingenuous questions ...
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Old 20th February 2006, 14:28
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Re: About "spare" American fighter pilots

They would take off with the other pilots, and stay with the formation until reaching some pre-agreed point. Then they would fill gaps in the formation caused by aircraft aborting because of various problems, or return home.
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Old 20th February 2006, 18:13
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Re: About "spare" American fighter pilots

Graham's explanation is right on. Bomb Groups also had spare aircraft.
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Old 21st February 2006, 05:53
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Re: About "spare" American fighter pilots

Graham is correct. In addition, Relay's would frequently go aloft in a pair and orbit over Channel to 'relay' radio traffic from the Type 16 Contollers to the Fighter Wing.
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