WISDOM FROM AVIATION/MILITARY MANUALS

June 23, 2008

Written by To The Point News

“If the enemy is in range, so are you.” – Infantry Journal

“It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.” – U.S. Air Force Manual

“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.” – General MacArthur

“Tracers work both ways.” – U.S. Army Ordnance

“Five second fuses only last three seconds.” – Infantry Journal

“Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.”

“Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.” – Unknown Marine Recruit

“If you see a bomb technician running, follow him.” – USAF Ammo Troop

“You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.” – Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)

“The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”

“When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.”

“Friendly fire – isn’t”

“Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.”

“There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.” Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970

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!” – Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)

“Nothing in life is so exhilarating

as to be shot at without result.”

— Winston Churchill, 1898

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