One of the seasoned pilots was Georgi Beregovoi, flying IL-2 since 1941.
The seasoned pilot in him noted that his young bombardier-navigator was having a more difficult time than usual getting his gear on.
Therefore, they were not able to effectively replace seasoned pilots lost through combat attrition following their initial successes in the Pacific campaign.
However, many of the Luftwaffe pilots were poorly trained and did not have the experience necessary to battle seasoned Allied pilots.
In a statement, the company described him as its "most seasoned pilot" with more than 12,000 hours of flying.
The crews of these aircraft landed their aircraft in circumstances which would challenge the most seasoned pilot.
Even the seasoned pilots on hand had to let out gasps of admiration.
The seasoned pilot was recalling a different war in a different place.
Reading or hearing of other pilots' experiences emphasises how easy it is for even seasoned pilots to make mistakes.
"The pilot was the company's general manager, our most seasoned pilot with over 12,000 hours of flying," she wrote in a media statement.