May 21st, 2008

Military pilots in politics.

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/010245.html#268596

By ajay:

In the US:
George W Bush.
George HW Bush. (N)
Tailgunner Joe McCarthy.
Charles Lindbergh.
Donald Rumsfeld. (N)
Randall "Duke" Cunningham. (N)
"B-1 Bob" Dornan.
Two of the Keating Five: John McCain (N) and John Glenn.

Elsewhere:
Hermann Goering.
Reinhard Heydrich.
Jerry Rawlings, dictator of Ghana.
Hafez al-Asad, dictator of Syria.
Hosni Mubarak, dictator of Egypt.

Footnote from fidelio::Strictly speaking, Joe Mccarthy wasn't a pilot. He was a briefing officer, and flew some missions as an observer. He also later falsified the number of missions he flew so as to obtain a Distinguished Flying Cross. However, your general point stands.