In every age of human history, in every conflict, and in every way that those conflicts have been fought there is a type of warrior that is universally found. Some Men and Women fight for honor or country, some for their homes and their way of life, some even believe they can make their world or the universe a better place. Then there are those, whether they started their careers with one of those so called 'noble' ideals or not, that are just warriors and risk takers because it is all they were meant to do.
These individuals fight because they like to fight. Be they originally professional soldier or outlaw, regardless of personal belief, gender, or age they kill because they are good at it... they enjoy it and the risks they take in battle that surge of adrenaline in staring down the reaper is the only way to feel alive anymore. Eventually all the other reasons fall away for these warriors. In time their oaths of service constrict them to the battles others want them to fight and their causes tell them that when you win you lay down your arms, this is not enough. They find each other and they band together in mutual support outside of traditional military forces, or gangs or clans. So long as there is a war to fight they will seek it out, money is not the motivation only the means to celebrate and re-arm before the next battle.
The Dead Men are such pilots. To a Dead Man there is no sweeter sound than the roar of high caliber weapons, no more beautiful sight than a vaporized enemy, no more glorious sound than the shriek of an engine during a battle. They are called madmen and suicidal, but they are truly free knowing that they live on borrowed time and it is of their own choice.
The dead fear nothing because they risk nothing. If you live you can kill again and if you die it doesn't matter. So if war is nothing but a game to you should consider letting go of your fear and playing out the Dead Man's Hand.
a cool video about exploring the USS Iowa [link]