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Aeronautical Pentathlon

The aeronautical pentathlon is an sporting event at some multi-sport events, such as the Military World Games. The sport was created in 1948 after the Second World War by Commander E. Petit from the French Air Force.

The competition consists of the following contest: a flying contest and six sports events: Shooting, Fencing, Swimming, Ball Contest, Obstacle run, and Orienteering. The sports are said to represent various aspects of military flying, such hand-eye coordination (shooting and basketball) and combat (fencing). The idea is to physically prepare air-force soldiers for evading enemy soldiers, and is considered as the ultimate fitness test for air-force personnel.

Despite the name (Pentathlon means five events), the sport has six components:

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There is also a low-level flying contest included where the competitors serve as navigators, but it is not scored. Each aircraft is flown by a neurtral pilot, who executes the instructions of the competitor regarding navigation and timekeeping in the best possible way.

The composition of events for this sport have changed over time. Previous versions of the sport included flying events in military aircraft (e.g. precision navigation requiring the finish line to be crossed at an exact time).

The aeronautical pentathlon is one of the sports at the Military World Games (first on the program in 2010), and there is also the Military Aeronautical Pentathlon World Championships.

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