I can't see any difference between “His wish is to be a fighter jet pilot” and “His wish is being a fighter jet pilot”.

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The critical difference is that wish, both verb and noun, licenses infinitival complements but does not license gerund complements:

okI wish to go.
∗  I wish going.

"His wish is being ..." is not idiomatic.

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