YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. He literally thought he was going to die. He thought this was the last time he’d see her. That’s why he was so gentle and forward with her. HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO DIE. And the last thing he says to her is reassuring her that he can do the job. BECAUSE IN HIS MIND SHE’S THE COMPETENT PILOT. He’s the old hack who couldn’t save his brother. So the last thing he says to her is trying to tell her he can do this one thing and not to worry.