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Fighter pilot, world record

The fighter pilots is the main sources of any Airforce. The fighter pilot is a person who makes there Airforce on the list of world records. So here is the list of some fighter pilots who makes world record and there nation proud on them.

Cesar Rodriguez

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Cesar Antonio Rodriguez is a former US Airforce officer and pilot who served from 1981 to 2006. With three air-to-air combat victories. Rodriguez was born in 1959 at El Paso Texas. In 1981 and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S Air Force. His first hit occurred when he and his wingman Craig "Mole" Underhill came across two Iraqi MiG-29 "Fulcrums". During 1999's Operation Allied Force in Yugoslavia, Rodriguez was deployed as part of the NATO campaign against the Yugoslavs. After his combat service, Rodriguez continued to serve with the U.S. Air Force until November 30, 2006 when he retired with the rank of colonel.

James Jabara 

James "Jabby" Jabara (10 October 1923 – 17 November 1966) was the first American and US Airforce jet Ace in history. Jabara flew his first jet aircraft in 1948, the USAF Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star. Jabara used this aircraft to shoot down multiple Soviet-built MiG-15 jets during the Korean War. He achieved his first confirmed air victory of the war on 3 April 1951. A month later he was credited with his fifth and sixth victories, making him the first American jet ace in history. He eventually scored 15 victories, giving him the title of "triple ace". In 1966, while on leave from service in Vietnam, Colonel Jabara was traveling with his family in two cars to their new home when his daughter crashed the car she was driving and he was riding in, killing them both.

Giora Epstein

Giora "Hawkeye" Epstein was born in May 20, 1938. He is a retired brigadier General in the Israeli Airforce (IAF) and a fighter ace credited with 17 victories, 16 against Egyptian jets, making Epstein the Ace of Ace's of supersonic fighter jets and of the Israeli Air Force. Epstein joined the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) in 1956 during the Sinai War. Epstein was allegedly able to spot aircraft at a distance of 24 miles (44 km) — nearly three times further than a normal pilot. Epstein's first kill came on June 6, 1967 during the Six Day War  when he downed an Egyptian Sukhoi-07 at El Arish. After the Yom Kippur War, Epstein received the Medal of Distinguished Service, one of Israel's highest military honors. Epstein was an active IAF pilot from 1956 until May 26, 1997, when he retired at age 59. Like many retired IAF flyers, he later worked as a pilot for El AI Airlines.

Jalil Zandi

Brigadier General Jalil Zandi  (1951–2001) was a Fighter Pilot in the Islamic Republic of Iran Airforce who served during all of the Iran Iraq War. His record qualifies him as an Ace and the most successful pilot of that conflict in air-to-air combat. While a major, he often clashed with his superior Lt.Col Abbas Babaei.Abbas Babaei was "notorious for his merciless treatment of the pilots and officers" considered disloyal to the new regime. and because of this Jalil Zandi was condemned to ten years of imprisonment. When he was in prison, he was threatened to be sentenced to death, but by demand of the then-air force commander and many other air force pilots, he was released after six months. He has been reliably credited with shooting down 11 Iraqi aircraft (eight confirmed victories. This makes him the most successful F-14 Tomcat pilot ever. He died with his wife Zahra Moheb Shahedin in 2001 in a car accident near Tehran.

Erich Hartman

Erich Alfred Hartmann (19 April 1922 – 20 September 1993) was a German fighter pilot during World War II and the most successful fighter Ace in the history of aerial warfare. He was credited with shooting down 352 Allied aircraft—350 Soviet and two American. On 29 October 1943 he was awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross  for 148 enemy aircraft destroyed and the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross for 202 enemy aircraft on 2 March 1944, followed by the Swords to the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves exactly four months later for 268 enemy aircraft shot down. Hartmann achieved his 352nd and last aerial victory at midday on 8 May 1945, hours before the German surrender. In his later years, after his military career had ended, he became a civilian flight instructor. Erich Hartmann died on 20 September 1993 aged 71.

Billy Bishop

William Avery Bishop, (8 February 1894 – 11 September 1956), better known as Billy Bishop, was a Canadian Flying Ace of the First World War. He was officially credited with 72 victories, making him the top Canadian and British Empire ace of the war. He was an Air Marshall and a Victoria Cross recipient. Bishop was born in Owen Sound Ontario. At the age of 15, Bishop built an aircraft out of cardboard, wooden crates and string, and made an attempt to fly off the roof of his three-story house. At RMC, Bishop was known as "Bish" and "Bill". Bishop failed his first year at Royal Military College of Canada, worked hard his second year but in his third year was caught cheating.
With the outbreak of the Korean War, Bishop again offered to return to his recruitment role, but he was in poor health and was politely refused by the RCAF. He died in his sleep on 11 September 1956, at the age of 62, while wintering in Palm Beach Florida.

Mohammad Mahmood Alam

Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam 6 July 1935 – 18 March 2013) was a Pakistani fighter pilot who was officially credited by the Pakistanis with having downed five Indian Airforce aircraft in 1 minute during the Indo Pakistan War 1965, all five aircraft are Hawker Hunter aircraft on one sortie on 7 September 1965. He was a F-86 Sabre Flying Ace as per Pakistan Air Force records. He was awarded the Sitara-e-jurrat ("The star of courage"), the nation's third highest military award and Bar for his actions during the Indo Pakistan War of 1965. Alam was born on 6 July 1935 to a well-educated family of Calcutta, British India. Born and raised in Bengal. He joined the then RPAF (now PAF) in 1952, being commissioned on 2 October 1953. His family moved to West Pakistan in around 1971, after the secession of East Pakistan. During the Indo Pak War of 1965, Alam scored an "Ace in a day" on 7 September 1965, with a total of 5 kills. In 1982, Alam retired as an Air Commodore and took up residence in Karachi. The Air Force legend was admitted to Pakistan Naval Station Shifa Hospital in Karachi. Alam died in Karachi on 18 March 2013. He was 77.

Manfred Von Richthofen 

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), also known as the "Red Baron", was a fighter Pilot with the German Airforce during World War I. He is considered the Ace of Ace's  of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories.
Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen was born in Kleinburg, near Breslau, Lower Silesia (now part of the city of Poland). After being educated at home he attended a school at Schweidnitz before beginning military training when he was 11. After completing cadet training in 1911, he joined an Uhlan cavalry unit.
When World War I began, Richthofen served as a cavalry reconnissance  officer on both the Easter and  Western front, seeing action in Russia, France, and Belgium. Richthofen scored his first confirmed aerial victory in the skies over Cambrai, France, on 17 September 1916. On 23 November 1916, Richthofen shot down his most famous adversary, British ace Major Lanoe Hawker VC, described by Richthofen as "the British Boelcke".
Richthofen championed the development of the Fokker D VII with suggestions to overcome the deficiencies of the current German fighter aircraft. He never had an opportunity to fly the new type in combat, as he was killed before it entered service.

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