Looks like a real good guy so far. Turns out he was an ex-Hitler Youth, though he wasn't a Nazi. His family was anti-Nazi. I wrote about it in my blog: http://www.luanime.blogspot.com
He's pretty elderly, I hope he has a long life.
Ditch the Stilettos, IMHO. I hated the ships, even if I was flying against them.
I see the point about the afterburner fuel levels. While keeping it true to WC2 levels is all nice, the amount of fuel you need isn't exactly the same as in WC2.
Dekker = Cloud's outfit from Kingdom Hearts (he's a Final Fantasy character but he makes a cameo in Kingdom Hearts)
Hawk = 99% sure that's a flightsuit from Last Exile (one of the top 25 anime out there these days)
Blair = is that a Macross uniform?
Maniac = not sure, but if that's a Battle...