This study attempts to distinguish personality factors which may influence Air Force pilots in their choice of a specific type of aircraft for their primary flying duty.
It is not the purpose of this study to investigate the personality of the versatile pilot, who seems equally adapted in terms of mental attitudes, personality matrix, and flying skill for any and all type of aircraft. Instead, the research is focused on those pilots whose preference and capabilities have channeled them into flying either fighter or non-fighter aircraft.
In the expectation that the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, with its scope and classification of total personality within the total range, would prove an adequate instrument for the analysis and comparison of those personality traits which determine the individuals' attitude in terms of aircraft preference, this test was selected as the tool for this analysis. The general plan of the analysis was to seek possible significant differences on both the individual scales and the total profile of the MMPI, between those pilots who preferred fighter type aircraft and those who preferred non-fighter type aircraft.
Level of Degree
First Committee Member (Chair)
Morton J. Keston
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Military Psychology, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
Marcum, William A.. "Personality Differences Between Fighter and Non-Fighter Pilots." (1953). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/psy_etds/202