Chanel Cleeton is the author of the e-books Flirting with Scandal, Playing with Trouble, and Falling for Danger.  A summer cruise in the Caribbean changed Chanel’s life when she met and fell in love with a fighter pilot.  Chanel has graciously gifted us with 10 tips for handling our own sexy Fighter pilot.

Inspired by her summer vacation, her upcoming book Fly With Me, features a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Noah Miller—call sign Burn— who loves nothing more than flying hard and fast. When he meets a gorgeous and sassy woman while partying in Las Vegas, he immediately locks on to her.  

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The Care and Maintenance of a Fighter Pilot


  1. March is a No-Photo Zone

Unless you’re Julius Caesar, March is a fairly innocuous month. But if you’re married to or dating a fighter pilot, March takes on a whole other meaning as the words “Mustache March” strike fear in the hearts of women everywhere. During the month of March, fighter pilots grow mustaches. Big, caterpillar-like mustaches. Mustaches that transform your normally sexy man’s face to something that looks like it should be on a “Wanted” poster. Just say no to photos during March. No one wants to memorialize the ’stache. Trust me.

  1. Their Plane is Always the Sexiest Plane

Want to gush about Christian Bale’s abs? No problem. If your fighter pilot flies an F-22 and you say that the F-35 is a hot plane? Abort. Abort. Abort. Fighter pilots LOVE their planes and take them very seriously. Saying another plane is cooler is tantamount to hitting on another man. Possibly worse.

  1. Learn to Love the Call Sign

Feel silly introducing a grown man as “Havoc” or “Spiderman”? Tough. Call signs replace first names and you will learn to think of your man’s call sign as his alter ego and even refer to him as such. Think Clark Kent and Superman. Mild-mannered husband by day, badass fighter pilot by night. Or vice versa.

  1. Embrace the No-Plan Plan

If there’s one guarantee in being with a fighter pilot, it’s that there are no guarantees. Chuck the planner out the window—or at the very least buy a pencil—and get ready for the unexpected.

  1. Flight Suits are Hot

Even if you don’t have a fighter pilot fetish (did you see Top Gun?), there’s something magical about a flight suit. And the boots. They make your man look taller and more muscular, and just yum. Enjoy the visual eleven months out of the year (seriously, I warned you about March).

  1. You Will Sing a Lot

Music is a huge part of the fighter pilot culture and social functions frequently turn into bawdy, rowdy songs. Against your best intentions, you will learn the words. You will find yourself humming the tune when you’re in the car. And at the grocery store. And at some point, you will freeze in horror as you realize the lyrics you sang in public were so not appropriate. And then you’ll just stop caring.

  1. Homecomings Are Romantic. So Romantic.

 There are a lot of ups and downs to military life. And a lot of moments that are super not glamorous. But when you greet your man on the flight line after he’s been gone for months at a time and he throws his arms around you and lifts you in the air….yeah. So romantic. The anticipation of those moments will get you through the rough months when you’re apart.

  1. Top Gun

Fighter pilots have a love-hate relationship with the movie Top Gun. You know they totally geek out on it, but at the same time they want to pretend they’re too cool to geek out on it. So if you ever need to needle your fighter pilot (and let’s be honest, you probably will), a well-timed Top Gun joke or reference is always appropriate. Preferably if shirtless beach volleyball is involved.

  1. There’s a Secret Lingo Involved

If fighter pilots say something mundane that could also be construed as sexual, they follow it up with “so to speak.” Basically, “that’s what she said.” Yes, it’s annoying. Yes, you will find yourself doing it in your head ALL the time. And eventually, you’ll just find yourself snickering at everything. Embrace your inner teenage boy. And don’t say “head” or “box” because…sexual.

  1. Fighter Pilots are Intense…in the Best Possible Way

At the end of the day, loving a fighter pilot is a wild ride. Fighter pilots live by their own code. Flying a jet going Mach 1.5 is intense. They can take thrill seeking to extremes and that extends to lots of aspects of their lives. Their dedication, sense of sacrifice, and passion make them excellent mates…and book boyfriends 😉