chapter  1
Choosing the Best: Selection and Classification of Aircrew
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FRO M THE earliest days of aviation, airmen have been regarded as members of an elite group, largely as a result of the dangers associated with flying. In the early part of the twentieth century, flimsy machines, unreliable engines, and inadequate preparation caused scores of accidents. 1 Aircraft and flying were considered novelties and pilots were often seen as daredevils. In the view of many, it took a special type of man to brave the obvious perils.2