Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Military Wisdom

Yes, this was me, in the  U. S. Army, in 1969, so the following lines were especially funny to me.

"If the enemy is in range, so are you." - Infantry Journal

"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just

bombed." - US Air Force Manual

"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never

encountered automatic weapons." - General MacArthur

"You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me." - U.S. Marine

Corp Gunnery Sgt.

"Tracers work both ways." - U.S. Army Ordnance Manual

"Five second fuses only last three seconds." - Infantry Journal

The three most useless things in aviation are: Fuel in the bowser; Runway
behind you; and Air above you. - Basic Flight Training Manual

"Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once." - Maritime Ops Manual

"Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do." - Unknown Marine Recruit

"If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him." - USAF Ammo Troop

"You've never been lost until you"ve been lost at Mach 3." - Paul F. Crickmore (SR71 test pilot)

"The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire." -Unknown Author

"If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage it has to be a helicopter - and therefore, unsafe." - Fixed Wing Pilot

"When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane, you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash." - Multi-Engine Training Manual

"Without ammunition, the USAF is just an expensive flying club." - Unknown Author

"If you hear me yell; 'Eject, Eject, Eject!,' the last two will be echos. If you stop to ask 'Why?' you"ll be talking to yourself, because you're the pilot." - Pre-flight Briefing from a 104 Pilot

"What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; but If ATC screws up, .... the pilot dies." - Sign over Control Tower Door

"Never trade luck for skill." - Author Unknown

"Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight." - Basic Flight Training Manual

"Mankind has a perfect record in aviation - we have never left one up there!" - Unknown Author

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it." - Emergency Checklist

"The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you." - Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)

"There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime." - Sign over Squadron Ops Desk at Davis-Montham AFB, AZ

"If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to." - Sign over Carrier Group Operations Desk

"You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal." - Lead-in Fighter Training Manual

As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives. The rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks, "What happened?" The pilot"s reply:
"I don't know, I just got here myself!"

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

We need more books about Vietnam-- have you considered writing one? Read some Dean Hughes and John Wilson-- they strike a good balance between action/adventure and showing how awful war is.