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Air Force Removes Height Requirement for Pilot Applicants

May 24, 2020

From the Air Force Magazine website

Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, puts on her helmet before taking her first flight in the F-35A at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida., on May 5, 2015. Mau, who previously flew F-15E Strike Eagles, made history as the first female F-35 pilot in the program. Air Force photo – SSgt Marleah Robertson

The Air Force removed the minimum height requirement for applicants who want to fly as it looks to increase the diversity of those entering USAF cockpits.

Under previous standards, pilots much reach a standing height of 64 inches to 77 inches—5-foot, 4 inches to 6-foot, 6 inches—with a sitting height of 34-40 inches. This requirement disqualified about 44 percent of the U.S. female population between 20 and 29 years of age, according to an Air Education and Training Command release.

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