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Some of Today's GI Philosophies


"If the enemy is in range, so are you."
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"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just
bombed."

- U.S.   Air Force Manual

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"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered
automatic weapons."

- General MacArthur 
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"You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me." 

- U.S. Marine  Corp Gunnery Sgt.
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"Tracers work both ways." 

- U.S. Army Ordnance

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"Five second fuses only last three seconds." 

- Infantry Journal 

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"Any ship can be a minesweeper.  Once." 
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"Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do."   - Unknown Marine
Recruit 

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"If you see a bomb technician running, follow him." 

-   USAF  Ammo Troop

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"Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at
80,000 Feet and Climbing."

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"You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3." 

- Paul F.  Crickmore (test pilot)

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"The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."

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

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

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

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"What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a
pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, ... the pilot dies." 

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"Never trade luck for skill."


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The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are:
"Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" And "Oh S...!" 
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"Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully
complete the flight.."

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

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

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"The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill
you."

- Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot) 

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"There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime." 


- Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970 


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

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

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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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