Saturday, June 9, 2012

WISDOM FROM TRAINING MANUALS

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


'Don't 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.'
- Infantry Sgt.-


'Tracers work both ways.'
-   Army Ordnance Manual-


'Five second fuses last about 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.'
- Naval Ops Manual -


'Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.'
-   Unknown Infantry Recruit-


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


'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 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 plane,
you still have enough power to get you to the scene of the crash.'
-Multi-Engine Training Manual-


'Without ammunition, the Air Force 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 by then you'll be the pilot.'
-Pre-flight Briefing from a Canadian F104 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-


The three most common expressions in military aviation are:
Did you feel that?', 'What's that noise?'   and 'Oh S...!'
-Authors Unknown-


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


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


'The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; 
 it can 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-


'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 -


The test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, wings and tail torn off;  the crash truck arrives.
The driver notes the bloodied pilot and asks, What happened?'
The pilot replies: 'I don't know, I just got here!'

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