Ace Pilot
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Basic Information

Historically, an Ace Pilot is a fighter pilot who has shot down 5 or more enemy aircraft.

Sometimes the term is used more casually to mean any hotshot pilot, be they military or civilian, including commercial pilots and Stunt Pilots as well as fighter pilots and bomber pilots, even helicopter pilots. In the Savage Worlds RPG "Ace Pilot" is used to mean you can fly anything.

Combat Roles and Pilot Types

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Real Life Ace Pilots

Most of these are World War I and World War II pilots, but a few are more recent…

Ace Non-Flying "Pilots"



Game and Story Use

  • Old military wisdom says that in time of war there are only two types of pilots - Aces, and those who got shot down on their first mission. I think that means that most of the NPCs are Mooks.
    • …although that ignores all those pilots whose job doesn't involve shooting at enemy aircraft.
    • Actually, that makes for a really good subversion - an "ace" pilot with no credited kills because he drove a bomber, ground co-operation craft, reconnaissance bird or even a casevac. Or was a stunt pilot - look, for example at Hogan Washburne from Firefly - allegedly military trained but apparently never in combat. We presume that more backstory would have emerged later, but some theories suggest he was in an aerobatic display team and never got sent to the front.
  • Ace Pilots make good Player Characters.
    • You might even set up a whole campaign around an air group during a war, sent on missions over enemy territory.

Building This Character

Character Level

  • At least mid-level, since you've downed several enemies and lived to tell the tale.


  • Figure out which attribute affects piloting the most, and max it out. That'll usually be Agility or some Mental Attribute. If it's not crystal clear which one is used, ask your GM - you'd hate to find out later that he or she interprets the rules very differently than you do.
  • In general, your Physical Attributes shouldn't have any major weaknesses. You need to be healthy enough to qualify for military training, not to mention being able to pull out of a high-G dive.



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