Being an air force pilot is a job that is a dream for many of us. But flying planes through the air, shooting missiles and reducing on-the-ground conflict is just the normal routine of an Air Force Command Pilot.
While not all pilots get the chance to woo someone like Kelly McGillis in Tom Cruise-style in Top Gun, they still get the opportunity to control huge planes in the air while challenging on-the-ground combat.
Captain Ryan is an A-10 Thunderbolt II Pilot with the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron of the United States Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT). USAFCENT is responsible for air operations and developing contingency plans to support national objectives.
The organisation has been involved in many missions that have changed the face of the world we live in. Missions began in the 1940s in World War II and, later, most notably during the capture of Saddam Hussein and in Operation Desert Storm.
Today, USAFCENT is currently working towards creating a stable order against the world’s greatest threat to international security, ISIS, in Operation Inherent Resolve. TheLADbible spoke to Capt. Ryan to find out what it’s like to be a pilot in missions of such great importance.