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WISDOM FROM MILITARY MANUALS

 

'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-

 

'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'

 

- Sign over SR71 Wing Ops-

 

'You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach3.'

 

-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 USAFis 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; butIf ATC screws up, .....

 

the pilot dies.'

 

-Sign over Control Tower Door-

 

'Never trade luck for skill.'

 

-Author Unknown-

 

The three most common expressions (or famous last words)in military aviation are:'Did you feel that?''What's that noise?' and'Oh S...!' or(appended from the Arkansas Air National Guard):"Hold my beer and watch this!"

 

-Authors 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 plightto a person on the ground incapable of understandingor 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 Fight er 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!'

 

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Remember:

 

there are more airplanes in the sea than submarines in the air.

 

 

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