Agreed. The question I would ask is how much of the recognition he received was because of the actual achievement involved versus being the first navy kill in a long time. I obviously don’t know the guy who might be a total rock star, but would a different competent pilot have done the exact same thing if he had happened to be in that situation?Yup. Again, point is that even someone that achieves "the highest level of celebrity a Navy pilot can" (in your opinion) is still being ranked by SWOs, Submariners, SEALs, EOD, and every flavor of aviator. I'm a SWO, I know very little about air-to-air combat (and I think that air-air combat is cool), but I don't think that the talent required of a Super Hornet pilot to shoot down a 70's era jet flown by a Syrian is impressive. Sorry.