He may look Top Gun, with his flight suit and aviator shades, but beneath the façade lays a man torn to pieces.
Cordice was the son of a North Carolina doctor, but he had hoped to become an engineer and an aviator like Charles Lindbergh.
The most clear case for a no-fly zone was made by former Marine aviator Scott Cooper in the Washington Post.
He grew up in Murdo, S.D., population 612, the son of a World War II aviator and war hero.
Since becoming an aviator, he has deployed three times—once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan.
"It is the same," said the aviator, all trace of ill-humour vanishing as they shook hands.
"I did understand that he was making the flight himself," said the aviator in surprise.
Night-flying is one of the most hazardous duties of the aviator, the chief danger being in landing.
But something more than deliberation is required in the aviator of distinction.
From above came a familiar sound, especially to the ear of an aviator.
"aircraft pilot," 1887, from French aviateur, from Latin avis (see aviary) + -ateur. Also used c.1891 in a sense of "aircraft." Feminine form aviatrix is from 1927; earlier aviatrice (1910), aviatress (1911).