If you asked a group of intelligence or submarine officers to describe naval aviators in a word, “humble” probably would not be a common response. Yet, at the core of naval aviation is a system that allows pilots and flight officers to admit their mistakes in public and learn from them. Aircrew learn “crew resource management” to identify and manage threats to safety, many of which are the result of the limits of human performance. Aviators—from the commanding officer with thousands of hours of flight time to the newest pilot—stand in front of their squadron-mates to own up to mistakes they make in the aircraft.
1. Walter Borneman, The Admirals (New York: Back Bay Books, 2013), 59.