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Aviation Quotes and Truisms

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I have just received a large number of sayings, quotes and truisms, predominantly military, but with an aviation flavor, which I will share with you, a few at a time.

 

 '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 by then you'll be the pilot.‘ -  Pre-flight briefing from an F-15 Pilot

 

'It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.‘ - US. Air Force Manual

 

Tower received a call from a crew asking, "What time is it please?"

Tower responded, "Who is calling?"

The crew replied, "What difference does it make?"

Tower replied "It makes a lot of difference. If it is an American Airlines flight, it is 3 o'clock. If it is an Air Force plane, it is 1500 hours. If it is a Navy aircraft, it is 6 bells. If it is an Army aircraft, the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 3. If it is a Marine Corps aircraft, it's Thursday afternoon and 120 minutes to "Happy Hour".

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'You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3.' - Paul F. Crickmore (SR-71 test pilot)-

 

'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil, for I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing.' - Sign over SR-71 Wing Ops

 

'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

 

'Pilots, please taxi up close when sumping your fuel cell. You may have lower manifold pressure and shorter exhaust stacks than you realized.' - Sign over men's urinal, Casey Jones Flying Service, Ontario OR 1968
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’Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs always hit the ground’ - US Air Force

 

'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

 

‘If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.' - Infantry Journal

 

'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

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"Things that must be together to work, usually can't be shipped together." – Supply Training Manual
 

‘If it's stupid but it works, it isn't stupid.’ - Naval Ops Manual
 

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

If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible. -Bob Hoover, renowned aerobatic & test pilot

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