Monday, December 29, 2008

More great aviation quotes - these are from a friend in the military!

  • '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

  • '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, keep up with 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.'

  • 'If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe.'

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

  • 'Even with ammunition, the USAF is just another expensive flying club.'

  • 'What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots?
    If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies;
    If an air traffic controller screws up, .... the pilot dies.'

  • 'Never trade luck for skill.'

  • The three most common expressions (or famous last words), in aviation are:
    1) 'Why is it doing that?'
    2) 'Where are we?' And
    3) 'Oh shit!'

  • 'Airspeed, altitude, and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.'

  • 'Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!'

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

  • '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-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970

  • 'If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.'

  • 'You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.'

  • 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)

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