Monday, March 23, 2015

Some Useful Observations From Our Armed Forces

It promises to be a very busy day, and I intend to get to it at once, so allow me to leave you with a few chuckles: some wryly humorous but useful observations from assorted members and organs of the United States 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.” - US Air Force Manual

“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never encountered automatic weapons.” - Douglas MacArthur

“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

“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;
  • 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 airplane, you always have enough power left 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 echoes. 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 F104 Pilot

“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.”
- 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:

  1. “Did you feel that?”
  2. “What’s that noise?”
  3. “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 incapable of understanding you or doing anything about your problem.” - Emergency Checklist

“The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.” - Attributed to Northrop test pilot Max Stanley

“There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.” - Sign over Squadron Ops Desk at Davis-Montham Air Force Base, AZ

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 the bloodied pilot and asks, “What happened?”
The pilot’s reply: “I don’t know, I just got here myself!”


Dystopic said...

A related one is "A sprinting ordnance disposal technician outranks everyone."

Vernon said...

Sign on the wall of the B-1 bomber squadron at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota -

"The only way to negotiate with your enemy is with your knee on his chest and your knife at his throat."


Mark said...

Combat-ready units rarely pass inspection. Inspection-ready units rarely pass combat.

Mark said...

Last words from the pilot heard by the back-seater: "Watch this..."

AuricTech said...

As a retired US Army/Army National Guard NCO, I present the following:

The Five Most Fear-Inspiring Phrases in the United States Army (in no particular order for the first four, but the last one is the most fear-inspiring, for those in the know):

A second lieutenant pompously saying "Based on my military experience..."

An Army captain musingly saying "You know, I was thinking..."

A private enthusiastically saying "I learned this in Basic Training..."

A sergeant mournfully saying "Sir, you really don't want to know..."

A chief warrant officer, an evil grin on his face, saying "Watch this $#!+..."

Anonymous said...

"Aviation is not inherently dangerous. It is, however, extremely unforgiving of mistakes"
sign in the Delta Air Lines ramp break room...
- Grandpa

pdwalker said...

Those are all very very good.