Ouch......... a few technical points here. It's the navigator with all his learning of things compass, aircraft speed, ground wind speed, adds it all up on a piece of paper aided by a n HB pencil, who decides which colour to press the button on. Pilot merely turns the steering wheel en route and puts his foot on the brakes when told.
Us Brits and our Cousins have a different red / green light routine. Our Cousines have an inordinately lengthy 'red light (standby)' time frame while ours change within 10/15 secs as a rule. Can be longer on lengthy cross country runs to the DZ, but not usually.
So still a dude up front yeah? So jumping on red say 2 minutes early would put them miles away from the objective...
Wonder if his plan was to avoid the fight.